UK Border Agency arrest eight foreign nationals during crackdown in Belfast and Enniskillen

UK Border Agency arrest eight foreign nationals during crackdown in Belfast and Enniskillen

A CRACKDOWN on illegal immigration across Northern Ireland has resulted in eight people being arrested.

Six of those arrested were working illegally in restaurants while two others were detained at airports.

UK Border Agency officers, assisted by the PSNI, visited two takeaways in Enniskillen on Thursday evening to check the immigration status of staff.

Three Chinese men, aged 25, 34 and 47, along with a 34-year-old Chinese woman were detained at the Hong Kong takeaway on Belmore Street after it was discovered that they were working illegally.

At the China City takeaway on Forthill Street, two Chinese men, 27 and 43, were also arrested for working illegally.

A statement from the Home Office said: “The businesses have each been served with a penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.

“To avoid fines of up to £10,000 per employee evidence must be provided that the correct pre-employment checks were made on the workers – such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.”

Meanwhile in Belfast, a 30-year-old Algerian man flying from Belfast International Airport to London was arrested on Thursday.

The same day at George Best Belfast City Airport, a 55-year-old Nigerian man flying to Manchester was detained.

Enforcement officers, supported by the PSNI, checked their immigration status and discovered that they were each in the country illegally.

All eight are being held in Home Office detention in Larne, Co Antrim while steps are taken to remove them to their home countries.

Mike Golden, of the UK Border 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 immigration offenders and anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed.”





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