The British government has announced a fresh crackdown on illegal immigrants to the UK. Police, local authorities and health providers will work together to stop them getting work, healthcare and housing.
Measures include a scheme to send text messages reminding people not to overstay their visas.
Home Secretary John Reid said: “This is a minor pilot programme. The substantial elements of our plan are more money and more people in border reinforcement. They are the introduction of identity cards for all foreigners who come here from 2008.”
A “watch list” will be set up alerting government agencies to people illegally applying for services.
Teams will track down companies employing illegal migrants. Landlords could be fined close to 30,000 euros for housing them.
The Home Office says there are more than half a million illegal immigrants in Britain. Independent thinktank Migration Watch says there are closer to 900,000.
Campaigners say many of those will be forced into crime or the black economy, if the measures are enforced.