Illegal workers arrested in raids on Mull

Twelve immigration offenders have been caught following our enforcement operations in Tobermory.

On 1 August, our officers visited 3 restaurants on the Isle of Mull to carry out checks on the immigration status of staff working there.

At Crystal Palace, on Main Street, 2 Bangladeshi men aged 34 and 48 along with a 39-year-old Chinese man and a 44-year-old Chinese woman were arrested.

At Golden Dragon, on Main Street, 2 Thai men aged 19 and 23 and a 20-year-old Thai woman were arrested.

Five Bangladeshi men aged between 55 and 31 were arrested at Sagar Balti House on Main Street.

Those arrested are currently in our detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.

The businesses will each be issued with fines for employing the illegal workers. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required pre- employment checks were carried out on the workers before giving them a job, a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal employee will be given.

Mark Harper, immigration minister said:

‘Today operations highlight the routine work we are carrying out every day to stamp out illegal working. We are sending a clear message to employers who choose to use illegal labour: we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty.

‘Illegal working undercuts legitimate businesses and is often linked to exploitative behaviour such as tax evasion and harmful working conditions.

‘We will not allow the growth of a shadow economy for illegal migrants.’

The Immigration Bill, which will be introduced later this year, will carry proposals to make life even tougher for dishonest employers by increasing the amount they will be charged if they are found to be employing illegal workers. It will also cut through red tape and make it easier for legitimate businesses to follow with right to work checks.

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