The Dark Side of Migration – Spotlight on Qatar’s Construction Sector ahead of the World Cup

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA, 18 Nov 2013

Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service

Date Published: 18 November 2013

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Qatar’s population is increasing by 20 people every hour. Most of those arriving in the country are low-income construction workers from Asia. These migrant workers have been recruited to help build massive projects worth up to US$220 billion, as part of Qatar’s drive to create a regional and global hub. Many of these projects will contribute, directly or indirectly, to the staging of the 2022 World cup. This Amnesty International report looks at how a permissive legal framework in Qatar allows unscrupulous employers to exploit and abuse migrant workers.

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