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Crackdown on rogue cleaning firms who employ illegal migrants
26 August 2015
Cleaning firms that employ illegal workers will be hit with "the full force of government machinery", immigration minister James Brokenshire has warned.
The government has announced a "new approach" to "rogue employers" who provide a draw for migrants by employing them without doing the proper checks that they are legally allowed to be in the country.
To create a 'hostile environment' for illegal migration, it is understood that enforcement officers will conduct hundreds of raids this autumn. Three sectors of the economy – cleaning, construction and care – will be targeted.
Speaking to The Times, Mr Brokenshire said: "Rogue employers who give jobs to illegal migrants are denying work to UK citizens and legal migrants and helping drive down wages.
"Experience tells us that employers who are prepared to cheat employment rules are also likely to breach health and safety rules and pay insufficient tax.
"That's why our new approach will be to use the full force of government machinery to hit them from all angles and take away the unfair advantage enjoyed by those who employ illegal migrants."
A London School of Economics study estimated the UK had 618,000 "irregular" residents, but campaign group Migration Watch said the figures is closer to 1.1 million.
Employers can be fined up to £20,000 per person for employing illegal workers. Employers who knowingly employ an illegal worker can be jailed for up to two years.