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Pair arrested at Enniskillen restaurant in crackdown on illegal migrant workers

Two men have been arrested in Northern Ireland as part of a crackdown on illegal migrant workers.

The men, aged 35 and 39, were detained when Home Office officials, acting on intelligence, swooped on a Co Fermanagh restaurant.

The pair, of Chinese origin, were working in the kitchen of the Ruby Palace at Belmore Street in Enniskillen.

The restaurant owners may face a £40,000 fine if they fail to prove the correct "right to work" checks were carried out.

Deputy Director Mike Golden, from the Home Office's Northern Ireland immigration enforcement team, said: "These arrests are a clear warning to those in Northern Ireland abusing our immigration laws. There will be no slowdown in our efforts to arrest, detain and remove offenders from the UK.

"Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work."

Both men are being held in a Home Office detention centre awaiting deportation.

The arrests come as UK immigration minister James Brokenshire warned the Government was prepared to act against rogue employers who hire illegal immigrants.

Mr Brokenshire said the Government was determined to act against businesses which were denying work to British nationals and driving down wages.

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