Thousands of deaths have been reported in Qatar since the World Cup was awarded to the country. These deaths are being blamed on poor working conditions and unsafe labour practices. There is a growing concern that the Qatari government is failing to protect the two million strong migrant workforce. These deaths could be due to natural causes or work related injuries. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has said that progress has been made in the country. However, there is little agreement on what constitutes work-related deaths and many countries that send workers to Qatar refuse to release information.
According to a Guardian report, the majority of migrant workers who died since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar were from South Asian countries. India has the largest migrant population in Qatar, with 700,000 people. Qatar’s population is made up of locals (12% of the population) and migrants (12%). In the past decade, Qatar has embarked on a building boom. There are dozens of major projects in construction, most of them in preparation for the 2022 football tournament. There are also numerous roads and hotels under construction.
A number of these projects have been completed or are currently under way. Many of them are located around the stadiums and training facilities. This means that many of the deaths reported will likely be from construction work. Many of the roads are poorly lit, which poses a danger. The roads are also very muddy during the winter rain season. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a criminal offence.
Thousands of migrant workers have been reported to have been injured or killed while working on Qatar’s infrastructure projects. In addition to road accidents, construction workers have collapsed on stadium construction sites. Many of these workers have been unable to receive any form of compensation from their employers. Some have been arrested for homosexuality, which is punishable in Qatar. Many have also spoken out against the abuses. Several civil society organizations have also assisted in repatriating workers from Qatar. The European football associations have urged Fifa to address these issues. They are also calling for a remedy fund to be created.
However, the International Labour Organization’s head, Ivan Seidenberg, said that Qatar had made some progress in improving conditions on construction sites. But, there is no standard format for recording deaths. Many migrant workers have not been repatriated and their families have not been compensated. This has led to a global campaign to address these issues. Many football associations have publicly supported the campaign.
The number of deaths recorded by the Qatar government has been criticized by many experts. They say that the figures are misleading. The majority of deaths are from natural causes, but a small percentage are work-related. In addition, construction workers are typically dehydrated. This can lead to heart attacks. In addition, the country’s roads are often overcrowded. They also vary greatly from city to city, making it difficult for the organising committee to report on deaths.