TWO foreign nationals have been arrested in south Belfast during an intelligence-led operation for immigration offences.
A man from Algeria and a woman from Malawi were detained during separate house searches in south Belfast on Thursday by officers from the UK Border Agency.
The woman, 31, was registered as a student in the Republic of Ireland. She was detained in the Malone Road area for illegally entering Northern Ireland and working in the region.
The man, 39, was later arrested at an address in the Donegall Road area. He was also detained over illegal entry and working without permission.
They are currently being held in UK Border Agency detention in Larne, Co Antrim while steps are taken to remove them from Northern Ireland.
Mike Golden, from the agency, said: “Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.
“We are determined to crack down on illegal immigrants and anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed.”