Qatar: More than 6,500 south Asian migrant workers have died since 2011, says report

Data compiled from government sources reveals thousands dead since Qatar awarded Fifa World Cup in December 2010

Qatar has faced repeated criticism from human and labour rights organisations over its treatment of migrant workers, especially the controversial kafala system which tied workers to their employers, preventing them from changing jobs without their permission.

Although Qatar largely ended the kafala system in September 2020, the country still has a poor record on workers’ rights, with construction workers in particular operating in gruelling conditions and receiving low pay and wages delayed for months at a time.

English | February 23, 2021



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