Thursday, December 13, 2007

Up to 11,000 migrants work illegally in security

By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Last Updated: 1:35pm GMT 13/12/2007

Up to 11,000 foreign nationals could be working illegally in the security industry, the Home Secretary told MPs.
This is more than double the number previously admitted by the Government - and one in four of all the non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals licensed to work as guards.
Jacqui Smith said checks had found that nearly 40,000 non-EEA citizens had been given licences by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the government agency that checks whether they have a criminal record.
Of these, 6,653 do not have a right to work in the UK and a further 4,447 have not be able to show they are entitled to work.

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