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LISTEN: Immigration Rules and Fake Passports Blighting Indian Food Industry, says Weymouth Businessman


11:25am 12th March 2013

The owner of a Weymouth restaurant thinks strict government rules on immigration are hurting the Indian food industry.

Shalim Abdul from the Balti House - on Commercial Road - says some managers are being forced to employ foreign chefs illegally because there aren't enough tandoori specialists in Britain.

He's been speaking to Wessex FM after UK Border Officials arrested two Bangladeshi immigrants on his premises last week (Thursday 7th March).

Shalim insists he checked all their documentation and had no idea either of their VISA's had run out. He's passed evidence of the checks he carried-out over to UK Border Officials.

He says it used to be easier to bring in high-end tandoori chefs from abroad; "They'd come over - chefs - work and pay their taxes and go. But now, with stricter rules on immigration it's very difficult to recruit chefs."

Click below to hear more from Mr Abdul.


Shalim says the problems go even further too, claiming it's too easy for immigrants who wish to work in the UK but can't get a VISA, to get their hands on fake ones. He says it puts restaurants like his at risk of prosecution and hefty fines.

Both men - a 46 year old and a 24 year old - arrested at the Balti House now face deportation.

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