The case against Qatar: host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup

The case against Qatar: host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup

140 billion dollars of infrastructure is forecast in order to get Qatar ready to host the 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s own estimates are that 500,000 extra workers - coming from Nepal, India and other South Asian and African countries - will be needed in the run up to The World Cup. Current mortality figures for workers from Nepal and India alone who account for the bulk of the current 1.2 million migrant workers in the country show that on average 400 workers die each year.

This report suggests that more than 4000 workers risk losing their life over the next seven years as construction for World Cup facilities gets under way if no action is taken to give migrant workers’ rights. The annual death toll among those working on building sites could rise to 600 a year – almost a dozen a week – unless the Doha government makes urgent reforms.

The report goes on to say that despite more than two years dialogue with FIFA and Qatar, no substantive steps have been taken to guarantee the fundamental rights of workers enshrined in international law. It argues that the Government of Qatar needs to take responsibility for the migrant workers in the country – firstly by working with responsible recruitment companies to ensure ethical recruitment of workers with a particular focus on World Cup construction and services. The international community can offer support and technical assistance for the  development of effective labour compliance procedures.

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