On being found working for more than 10 hours a week on a student visa, Harsh Patel who belongs to Ahmedabad was deported from the UK on Saturday. Patel was working 15 hours a week in South London. He was one of the five Indians who worked at a garage.
In the last nine months, 122 people of Gujarat have been deported from the UK and among these 72 are students. In the last 2 months alone, more than 30 students have been deported to Ahmedabad. According to Shamsher Singh, Ahmedabad joint commissioner of police, special branch, “The UK government has cracked down on illegal migrants and students breaking visa rules because they take away jobs. The economic slowdown has made life difficult for them."
Piyush Soni, a Surat resident who had gone to London last year to pursue a course in business administration, said, “I was caught on September 27 from a restaurant I was working in. For two days I was kept in a detention centre with 500 other students, mostly Indians and Pakistanis."
Some Gujaratis settled in London feel the worst is yet to come for illegal immigrants. "Raids have become regular. Now we avoid students who work for more than the permitted hours," said, Rahul Gandhi, who runs an IT firm in London.