Police discover five illegal foreign workers in Pärnu ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Police car.
Police car. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

On Wednesday, officers of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) discovered five workers at a manufacturing company in Pärnu who were working there illegally.

Margo Peters, head of Border and Migration Services at the West Prefecture of PPA, explained that officers checked more than 30 foreign workers working at the company. Five workers were discovered who were working in the company under no legal basis.

Peters said: "Four Georgians and one Ukrainian did have valid visas to stay in Estonia but their employment was not correctly registered."

Police initiated misdemeanour proceedings against the workers and they were issued pecuniary penalties.

Peters said that according to the Aliens Act, a foreigner can work in Estonia if they have valid legal basis to be here and if their employment is registered with the PPA beforehand.

In addition to proper registration, the employer is obligated to pay at least an average wage to the worker.

Peters said: "It will certainly create a larger sense of security among foreign workers if their employer is trustworthy and a larger sense of security among employers themselves is they do not have problems with employees."

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