An investigation into the conditions of migrant workers in Qatar has revealed that builders from Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka moving to Qatar have been dying at an alarming rate. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has claimed that at least 4,000 migrant workers may be killed in preparation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In a disturbing report from The Guardian, 44 Nepalese workers died between June 4th and August 8th of this year as well as 82 Indian workers from January through May of this year.
The cause of deaths for these migrant workers is speculated to be due to unsanitary and overcrowded conditions for the workers as well as dangerous working conditions. It is believed that workers are denied fresh water in some cases despite working in 122°F heat. The ITUC estimates that more than 1 million more workers will be necessary to prepare for the event.
ITUC general secretary, Sharan Burrow, explained,
There are harrowing testimonies from the workers in the system there. The 2022 World Cup is a very high profile event and should be implemented with the very highest standards and that is clearly not the case…FIFA needs to send a very strong and clear message to Qatar that it will not allow the World Cup to be delivered on the back of a system of modern slavery that is the reality for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers there today.
The Middle Eastern nation plans to spend close to $100 billion (£62 billion) in hotels, stadiums, and other necessary infrastructure for the event. FIFA plans to meet on October 3rd and 4th to discuss moving the world cup to the winter months, a highly costly and controversial move.