A number of illegal workers have been found in Wales, leaving the businesses that employed them to potentially face some hefty fines.
Two Chinese workers were discovered at Chun Ho, Fforchaman Road, Cwmaman, Aberdare, on May 17th. The 38-year-old man had stayed in the UK illegally after his asylum claim was rejected, while the 21-year-old woman had over-stayed her UK Visa.
Also on May 17th, Jen Chang, Lower High Street, Merthyr Tydfill, was raided and a Malaysian woman was arrested. The 36-year-old, who was a working as kitchen staff, had over-stayed her UK visa. All three were detained and subsequently deported.
In addition to these arrests, two Afghans have been repatriated after being caught in a raid on the Lilo Grill House and Juice Bar, City Road, Cardiff, on May 11th.
One, aged 19, attempted to flee across a flat roof when officers entered the business. He was later discovered to have failed to obtain a UK visa after requesting asylum.
The other, aged 20, had also failed in his bid to seek asylum. Richard Johnson, of the UK Border Agency, commented: "Our message to people who are in the UK illegally is that they must leave. As these cases make clear, if they refuse to do so we will enforce their removal.
"We are determined to crack down on offenders and are sending a simple, clear message to people who are here illegally - more raids are planned and you will be caught."