41 Asians, including 16 Indians, arrested in raids by Britain’s immigration officials
2nd August 2011: As many as 41 Asians, including 16 Indians, arrested in raids by Britain’s immigration officials for working illegally in the country, face deportation.
The 16 Indian nationals were arrested the previous month during raids at two factories, a restaurant and shop in the West Midlands and two restaurants in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The process to deport them to India has been initiated.
The 25 Bangladeshi nationals too were arrested in July for working illegally in restaurants in West London, Warwickshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire. They too are to be returned to Bangladesh.
A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: "We are cracking down on companies that employ illegal workers and fail to carry out proper checks on passports and other identity documents.
"Any business that takes on a foreign national without permission to work is breaking the law and faces a heavy fine and possible prosecution.
A fine of up to 10,000 pounds will be imposed on employers for every illegal worker found in their business, unless the employers can prove that they carried out the correct right-to-work checks on the employees.