Published Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Local detectives are working with Home Office officials. (© Pacemaker)
Nineteen locations across the region were searched by Home Office Criminal Investigation and Immigration Enforcement teams on Tuesday.
The raids focused on mobile phone accessory carts located in shopping centres.
Members of staff at the stalls were questioned by immigration officials, backed up by the PSNI, to see if they have the right to work and be in the UK.
A spokesman for the Home Office said: "There have been nine arrests so far. Others may follow. Investigations are ongoing."
Officers swooped on three shopping centres in Belfast, two in Derry and others in Armagh, Lisburn, Ballymena and Enniskillen, Dungannon and Bangor.
It is understood many of those arrested were from India and Pakistan.
"Foreign nationals who are found working illegally in this country should be in no doubt that they will be caught, arrested and removed," said Carolyne Lindsay of the Home Office.
"We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders and those who exploit them. Anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed."
© UTV News