Forty illegal immigrants a day arrested in Britain

A group of illegal migrants make their way through Calais, France, a major stopover for illegals coming to the UK from Europe. August 5, 2014 Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association

Forty illegal immigrants a day are being arrested in Britain as enforcement squads crack down on Indian and Chinese restaurants, petrol stations and car washes.

An increase in raids on premises known for employing people in the black economy has helped to bolster the number of illegal immigrants being picked up by the authorities.

Home Office figures show outstanding fines of more than £1 million on Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan restaurants and almost £500,000 on Chinese restaurants and takeaways after illegal immigrants were discovered working there.

Among those detained by immigration enforcement teams are visitors who have overstayed their visas and migrants who have been smuggled into Britain.

The latest figures show that the number of arrests for illegal working has doubled over the past four years, rising from about 20 a day in 2010 to 40 a day last year.

Overall the number of arrests has almost doubled since 2010 to 14,338 last year according to Home office data released under freedom of information laws…