Is Qatar’s labor regime a ‘cancer’ before World Cup?

Written by Staff Writer

On Wednesday, the International Labor Organization (ILO) released a report on Qatar that urged the Gulf country to invest in its reform process in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

The report found more than 100 deaths since 2010 in labor-intensive industries such as construction, domestic work and restaurant work.

The ILO also found that the “high prevalence of deaths” of migrant workers has undermined Qatar’s promise to improve working conditions. The report found that 200 deaths have occurred in these sectors alone since 2015.

The finding is in keeping with international criticism of Qatar’s labor regime ahead of the 2022 World Cup, which is due to be held in the country’s capital, Doha.

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An estimated two million migrant workers are employed in Qatar, according to the report.

The 2018 World Cup was originally slated to be held in Germany, but was then switched to the Middle Eastern country in order to expedite construction.

The report’s publication also comes after the Netherlands hosted a debate on migrant labor in Europe. According to a Reuters report, lawmakers there asked the international soccer body, FIFA, to place high-ranking officials on a fact-finding mission to the country to study the labor situation.

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