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Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022

In December 2010, Qatar won its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. In preparation, Qatar will spend an estimated US$100 billion on infrastructure, including a new airport, roads, hotels and stadiums.

The international media, unions and human rights organizations have shone a spotlight on abuses of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar. Major concerns include the exploitative “kafala” sponsorship system; lack of freedom of association / right to form unions; confiscation of passports; and harmful working and housing conditions. The World Cup provides an opportunity to push for change.

This page features the latest developments on labour rights in Qatar and highlights the role and responsibilities of companies operating in Qatar.

By The Numbers (Jan 2016 - April 2021)

These numbers are based on publicly reported allegations of labour rights abuse against migrant workers in Qatar, in which businesses are implicated. The actual numbers of incidents of abuse and affected migrant workers are believed to be higher.

144

Allegations

Publicly reported regarding migrant worker abuse by companies in Qatar since 2016

19.3k

Workers

Impacted in the documented cases

72%

Wage delays

Withheld, delayed or non-payment of wages are a key feature of the cases we track

39%

Construction

Construction is the most commonly cited sector in which abuse occurs - in 57 cases

PRESS RELEASE: Two years to kick out human rights abuses: FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar 21 November 2022

London, UK – During the pandemic months, our new data shows migrant workers in Qatar remain at high risk of serious labour rights abuses, bolstering fears that despite new reforms, the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup will come at the price of migrant workers’ suffering.

From the organisers

Qatar World Cup: Progress Report provides update on Sustainability commitments

The report provides an update on the progress made by the organisations on delivering on their five sustainability commitments made in their Sustainability Strategy published in 2019.

FIFA issues joint World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy with host Qatar

On 21 January, FIFA and hosts Qatar issued a joint FIFA World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy, outlining commitments around five key pillars, including on human capital and workers' rights, inclusivity and environmental protection

Workers' Welfare Standards initiate monitoring for 2022 World Cup contracts

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is the entity responsible for overseeing construction of stadiums and training sites. This page collates updates and reports from the SC on its implementation & monitoring of the WWS