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10 people held after raids over illegal migrants in Fermanagh and Belfast

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 20/10/2015

Ten alleged illegal immigrants have been arrested in fast food outlets across Northern Ireland.

The men and women of Chinese and Malaysian origin were detained during separate operations in Co Fermanagh and Belfast.

Home Office officials swooped on number of takeaway premises.

Mike Golden, from the Scotland and Northern Ireland Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said: "Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.

"There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK. Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences."

Each business was served a notice warning that of fines of up to £20,000 unless the employer can demonstrate that right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

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