Officers descend on top London hotel as number of migrants detained while working illegally

Marriott hotel in Regents Park

Officers descend on top London hotel as number of migrants detained while working illegally

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Tom Fredericks

By Tom Fredericks

Published: 19/10/2023

- 16:15

Updated: 19/10/2023

- 20:45

One of the arrested migrants is reported to have been smuggled into the UK illegally

Eleven illegal migrants have been arrested after officers swooped on a top London hotel.

Agency staff, from six different countries, were arrested by immigration officers at the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park.

Home Office teams found 11 people employed illegally as cleaners, porters and maids, working 15 hours a day through third-party recruitment agencies.

Five of the illegal workers were detained pending deportation, while a further six were bailed.

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Marriott Hotel in Regents park

None of the detained migrants have the right to work in the UK

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Suran Padiachie, Deputy Director of Immigration Enforcement and Compliance at the Home Office said: “When the British public pay for a hotel room in Central London, they should be confident that the staff serving them are contributing to society through fair and lawful employment.

“I’m grateful to Marriott for their cooperation with this case.

“Their support allowed my officers to swiftly identify the illegal workers and take action against their third-party employers to ensure they face appropriate sanctions.

“Illegal working exploits vulnerable people and damages the economy, which is why we’re using the full weight of the law to clamp down on rogue employers and remove those with no right to be in the UK.”

The employers of the agency staff working at the Regents Park Hotel have been handed a Civil Penalty Referral notice, which could result in a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal worker.

In August, it was announced that fines for employers who allow illegal migrants to work for them would be tripled.

These fines will come into force at the start of 2024.

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