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30 Nov 2022

Grace Hauck, USA Today

Qatar 2022: "Not enough evidence" that changes happened since 2010 as deaths of construction workers at World Cup stadiums allegedly remain underreported

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"Migrant workers were deceived and died for Qatar's World Cup. Thousands want compensation", 29 Nov 2022

The construction was largely done through an exploitative system of bonded labor, known as the "kafala," or sponsorship, which binds foreign workers to their sponsor (typically the employer). It's a legal framework found in Jordan, Lebanon and Arab Gulf states...

Khan said he traveled to Qatar in 2016 with hopes of earning money to make a better life for his family. He took on debt to pay a $3,000 recruitment fee and was promised a job as an engineering assistant for about $350 a month...

Khan said when a concrete cube fell on his leg, he couldn’t stop work because he would just have to work double the next day to hit his targets. When he raised frustrations with his employer, Khan said the employer threatened to send him back to Bangladesh...

Labor and human rights violations persist in Qatar despite reforms, according to migrant workers, NGOs and research groups who spoke with USA TODAY Sports and published reports on the issue...

"There just is not enough evidence that the system as it impacts a migrant worker is significantly different than it was back in 2010 when they won the tournament,"
Nick McGeehan, Fair Square