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Trouble brewing for illegal migrants

UKBA vows to continue North West crackdown

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30th December 2010: Trouble is brewing for the illegal migrants. The UK Border Agency has vows to continue North West crackdown.

The Agency has asserted: `UK Border Agency officers are set to continue their crackdown on illegal working in north-west England into the New Year.

`Dozens of businesses in the region were raided during 2010, and many received fines, known as civil penalties, for employing illegal workers’.

Giving details, the UKBA said: 76 civil penalties in Manchester, with a total value of more than £585,000; 63 civil penalties in Lancashire, with a total value of more than £580,000; 24 civil penalties in Cheshire, with a total value of more than £210,000’ and five civil penalties in Cumbria, with a total value of more than £61,000, were imposed.

`And employers have now been warned that more operations to target lawbreakers are planned for 2011.
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Eddy Montgomery, UK Border Agency operations director in the North West, said: ‘We now have the power to hand out big fines to employers who use illegal labour, and those who do so knowingly could even end up in prison.

‘We are happy to work with businesses to ensure they know what checks they should carry out on staff….

‘But we get information all the time on illegal working, and those who do break the law need to know that we are out there looking for them and they will face action.

‘Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It undercuts legitimate and law-abiding businesses, and takes jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.’

Civil penalties for businesses that fail to carry out the proper checks when employing migrant workers from outside Europe were introduced in February 2008, allowing fines of up to £10,000 per illegal employee.

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