Britain’s immigration officials have detained 38 Indians, including nine women, for overstaying their visas or working illegally after conducting raids in two clothing factories in the city of Leicester.
The UK Home Office Immigration Enforcement team raided two firms in the city in the East Midlands region of England last week and held 38 Indians and one Afghan man. As per information received, of those detained, 31 had outstayed their visas, seven had entered the country illegally and one was working in breach of their visa conditions.
The officials took 19 people into detention pending their removal from the UK while remaining 20 were ordered to report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are dealt with.
The two firms could face fines of up to 20,000 pounds for each illegal worker, if it is proven they did not take steps to establish their employees’ legal status. The two factories are yet to comment on the raids.