Sixteen men have been detained by immigration enforcement officers after an operation in the north of Scotland.A few thoughts:
Three restaurants - Dil Se and Indian Garden, both in Kirkwall in Orkney, and Spice Tandoori in Wick - were targeted.
Fifteen Bangladeshi men and a Nepalese man, aged between 23 and 47, were detained.
A Home Office spokesman said the business owners involved faced large fines if they could not prove that proper checks were carried out.
1) If these guys were actually illegal, they picked the right place to hide. Kirkwall and Wick have to be about as far as someone could go to get away from the long arm of the law (other than going to Shetland, which carries its own hazards). The one complication is that it would be tough for South Asians to blend in at a location that's both sparsely populated and ethnically homogeneous.
2) I can't for the life of me imagine the Kirkwall police force, which is tiny, hauling in ten Bangladeshis. I especially can't imagine ten Bangladeshis languishing in the Kirkwall police station, which is about the size of a large home.
Hopefully, the whole thing will be sorted out soon enough. Odds are that it will be: according to CN Ness, who brought the story to my attention:
I walked by it yesterday and it says it should be open by Wednesday.Let's hope so. Their chow is outstanding.