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UK is Cracking Down on Employment of Illegal Immigrants

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Recent estimates of illegal migrants in the European Union (EU) range between 4.5 and 8 million, with an estimated increase by 350,000 to 500,000 per year. From 7 to 16% of the EU’s GDP is estimated to come from the shadow economy, although this is not entirely staffed by illegal migrants. Construction, agriculture, house-work, cleaning, catering and other hospitality services are the sectors of the economy most prone to such undocumented work in general and attracting illegal migrants in particular.

UK, which has an estimated total of more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, is cracking down on employers caught hiring illegal aliens and has increased its enforcement operations by 40 percent over the past year.

 Employers are given an opportunity to respond or explain why illegal immigrants were working for them and those employers hiring illegal immigrants can be subject to fines of up to £10,000 per illegal and persistent offenders can face a jail sentence.

 To support employers, the UK Border Agency provides an employers’ helpline which they can use to check the status of potential employees.  For more information on the helpline see attached link.

 http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers/employersupport/

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Written by MithrasLaw

January 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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