India is one of the countries which sends the largest number of migrant workers to the world and the exploitation of migrant workers is a stark reality. At a time when Qatar is gearing up to host 2022 Fifa World Cup, London-based human rights body Amnesty International has revealed the migrant labor abuse rampant in the country. According to its report, as many as 279 migrant workers of Indian origin, in 2014, have paid the price with their lives for Qatar’s Fifa World Cup 2022 dream.
Apart from the controversies surrounding the Fifa World Cup like corruption and Qatar’s extreme temperatures, now this report on migrant labour deaths further aggravates the situation. “441 number of migrant workers from India and Nepal, the largest migrant worker sending countries, who died in Qatar in 2014,” the Amnesty International report states. According to the report, Nepalese deaths comes to 162.
Titled “Promising Little, Delivering Less: Qatar and Migrant Abuse ahead of the 2022 Football World Cup”, the report cites official statistics of the Indian government. Qatar is witnessing a construction boom after it won the bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.