33 Bangladeshis arrested in UK
Thirty three illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested in several enforcement operations on businesses across England and in North Wales in the last eight weeks.
The illegal workers were arrested by UK Border Agency and police officers in Middlesex, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Worcester, Wales, Merseyside and Cornwall.
The workers, including a number of students, had committed immigration offences, including entering the UK illegally, overstaying their visas and working illegally, said a British High Commission press release in Dhaka yesterday.
The men had been working illegally in restaurants and takeaways.
The UK Border Agency has been working to remove all 33 men from the country.
“We will not tolerate illegal working, which undercuts wages and can exploit vulnerable workers. Foreign nationals who overstay their visas or otherwise abuse the UK's immigration rules should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.
Employers who think they can undercut competitors by employing illegal workers are warned that they face heavy fines and possible prosecution,” said a UK Border Agency spokesperson.