Bangladeshis working illegally in UK under Border Force scanner

Bangladeshis working illegally in the UK are under the scanner of the UK Border Agency.

In the last seven weeks, as many as 25 illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested in several enforcement operations on businesses across the UK.

The Border Force said they had committed immigration offences including entering the UK illegally and overstaying their visas. `We are now working to remove them from the UK as soon as possible,’ the UKBA said.

The illegal workers were arrested in enforcement operations by Border Force officers and police officers in Worchester, Pontypool and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, Exeter, Paignton and Newton Abbott in Devon, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and Southall in West London.

The men were working illegally in restaurants and take-aways. These businesses now face fines of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker, unless they can prove that they carried out the correct pre-employment checks.

A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: 'We will not tolerate illegal working, which undercuts wages and can exploit vulnerable workers. The UK Border Agency will target employers who ignore the rules and remove people who have no right to be in the UK. We're happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who do break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.'

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