Police investigate illegal employment of foreigners

Two cases in Bratislava and Michalovce, both of which occurred this week, suggest that police will continue to crack down on illegal employment.

Bakery, illustartive stock photoBakery, illustartive stock photo (Source: Sme - Gabriel Kuchta)

Slovak police exposed two more cases of illegal employment of foreigners in Bratislava and near the eastern-Slovak town of Michalovce, spokesperson of the Police Presidium Denisa Baloghová informed the TASR newswire.

“On Monday, February 19, Foreigners’ Police officers, together with the Labour Inspectorate, checked a Bratislava-based scrapyard,” she said, adding that the check was focused on citizens of third countries. Police found that the foreigners were not instructed about safety and health during work, and they had neither permission to stay in Slovakia, nor working permits. “Officers detained eight foreigners, seven Serbs and one citizen of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who were then extradited with 15 days to leave the country,” Baloghová explained for the newswire.

The case near Michalovce involved Ukrainians

The next day, February 20, another check took place in a bakery in a village in the Michalovce district. The Foreigners’ Police from Michalovce and Labour Inspectorate from Košice found two female Ukrainians working questionably there. One of them was working in a different job than what she had permit for, and the other one stayed in Slovakia in violation of international agreements. Police extradited them (with a deadline of seven days to leave the country) and banned them from entering the country and all European-Union member states for one year.

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As for employers, the due labour inspectorates launched a proceeding, and later, they may be even prosecuted, Baloghová concluded, adding for TASR that police will continue such checks.

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