- Qatar has been accused of violating the human rights of migrant workers.
- FIFA has defended Qatar and called Western critics hypocritical.
- Rights groups are calling for more thorough investigations into migrant worker deaths.
But the reality Anish experienced was the opposite.
He said if workers complained, they had their wages cut.
He also said FIFA would provide a “legacy fund” following the tournament.
What are the issues around migrant workers in Qatar?
Globally, 15 per cent of deaths of people aged 25-35 were due to cardiovascular disease causes, but among Nepali migrants in Qatar the figures were 22 per cent in the cool season and 58 per cent during the hot season.
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“We concluded that the reason for this was that workers carried out heavy labour in the hot environment when they need to rest to protect their health,” Professor Kjellstrom said.
“These migrant workers who have suffered are not just numbers. Like the migrants that have shaped our country and our football, they possessed the same courage and determination to build a better life,” players from Australia’s national team said in a video released prior to the tournament.
How have Qatar and FIFA responded?
“Today I feel Qatari. I feel Arab. I feel African. I feel gay. I feel disabled. I feel a migrant worker.”
FIFA has promised to set aside funding for establishing a labour excellence hub in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to share best practices in “labour matters” and support adherence to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights when hosting FIFA tournaments.
Migrant workers remain unable to form or join trade unions in Qatar.
What will the legacy of Qatar’s World Cup be for migrant workers’ rights in the region?
The reforms allowed migrant workers to change jobs without employer permission and set a higher minimum wage for all workers, regardless of nationality – making Qatar the first Arab Gulf nation to allow this.
“Death is a natural part of life, whether it’s at work, whether it’s in your sleep,” Nasser Al Khater, chief executive of the 2022 World Cup in Doha, said.
The Qatari government said it is investigating Alex’s death.