An operation is on to clamp down on illegal working in Scotland for reducing the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants.
The assertion came along with the announcement that an Aberdeenshire restaurant was facing a large fine after being found employing illegal workers.
The UK Border Agency regional director in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Phil Taylor, said: ‘We will not tolerate illegal working which threatens to damage our communities – it undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers. The UK Border Agency will act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK.
‘This operation is part of an ongoing clamp down on illegal working in Scotland to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants.
‘If people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country.’
Acting on intelligence, the officers targeted the Spice Cottage Restaurant in South Road, Oldmeldrum on 9 December 2011 to question staff and ensure they had the right to work in the UK.
After the immigration status of staff was checked, four Bangladeshi men aged between 29 and 43 were discovered to be working illegally.
Three of the men will now have to report regularly to a police station while steps are taken to obtain travel documents from their home country to remove them from the UK. The fourth was detained in Dungavel immigration removal centre pending further enquiries.
The business has been issued with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.
The UKBA said: If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before giving them a job – such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document – they may be liable for a fine of up to £40,000.