Immigration officers swooped on two Skye curry houses last week in moves to deport 14 illegal workers.
During a Home Office Immigration Enforcement operation last Friday, officers visited the Taste of India restaurants in Portree and Kyleakin. They spoke to staff working at the restaurants to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.
Seven Bangladeshi men, aged between 25 and 58, were found at the Taste of India in Kyleakin. Six Bangladeshi men, aged between 26 and 59, and a 36-year-old Libyan man, were found in the Taste of India in Bank Street in Portree.
Thirteen of the men are currently in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country. The 14th man, the Libyan, was released pending further inquiries.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “Illegal working undercuts honest employers, defrauds the public purse and cheats legitimate job hunters out of employment opportunities.
“We are happy to work with employers to explain the simple checks that need to be carried out to establish a person’s right to work in the UK.”