The men were arrested at two factories, a restaurant and shop in the West Midlands and two restaurants in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Action is now being taken to return all the illegal workers to India, the High Commission website said.
It also quoted a UK Border Agency spokesperson as saying: “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 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.
Separately, the UK Border Agency has been working with local Sikh community leaders and Gurudwaras in the West Midlands to provide advice to migrants, some of whom are destitute, and wish to return to India. The monthly advice centres are being held at the Gurudwaras in Smethwick; Sedgley Street, Wolverhampton; High Street, West Bromwich; Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham and Foleshill Road, Coventry.
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