New Government campaign launched to stop illegal employment

New Government campaign launched to stop illegal employment

The Home Office has unveiled a new marketing campaign today aimed at businesses which employ illegal workers. Businesses employing illegal workers face large fines and even prison sentences, the Home Office warned. Employers will be fined up to £10,000 for every illegal worker they negligently hire or could face up to two years in prison. This message will be driven home in a new marketing campaign laying out the new rules due to come into effect in February. To increase public awareness of the changes, which will affect recruitment and employment practices, the Government is launching a three week radio and newspaper campaign starting on 14 January 2008. Employers found to be flouting the law could lose the right to recruit from outside the European Union. Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said: "Illegal working attracts illegal migrants and undercuts British wages. That's why we're determined to shut it down. "The message is clear for employers - we will not tolerate illegal working. "This highly visible marketing campaign will ensure employers have no excuse for breaking the rules." The latest crackdown on illegal working is part of the biggest shake-up of the immigration system for 40 years. The year ahead will also see: A tough Australian-style points based system Roll out of e-Borders programme allowing people to be counted in and out of the country Biometric ID cards for any foreign national in the country for more than three months The Border and Immigration Agency undertakes regular enforcement operations against illegal working throughout the UK. In 2006 alone, the BIA carried out over 5,200 illegal working operations and removed more than 22,000 people from the UK. Recent high profile raids on places like London's Chinatown illustrate the Government's determination to get to the root of the problem. Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to ensure they don't employ illegal workers can visit the Employers section of this website or call the Border and Immigration Employers Helpline on 0845 010 6677. As Liam Byrne says, the message is clear; the UK wants to stamp out illegal employment by business owners. This of course comes just weeks after the Home Office itself was found with illegal immigrants working in sensitive areas as security personnel. As the Home Office found out, illegal workers can be very difficult to detect. Let's not forget the other party in this scenario - the illegal worker. The employer may be fined, but the often exploited worker will be detained like a criminal and deported. One of the real tragedies is that many illegal workers could regularise their stay, but are too frightened to talk to anyone. OISC registered UK Immigration Advisers, such as Bison UK, are authorised to advise people in confidence. If you need immigration advice and would like a free consultation please email me at: info@immigrationmatters.co.uk For the latest immigration news see www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

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Thu 14th Jul 2011
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