How bad is it for Qatar’s World Cup workers? This chart says it all

Published May 27th, 2015 - 11:58 GMT
The International Trade Union Confederation estimated that 4,000 migrant laborers are expected to die working on Qatar World Cup development. (AFP/File)
The International Trade Union Confederation estimated that 4,000 migrant laborers are expected to die working on Qatar World Cup development. (AFP/File)

The FIFA World Cup is notorious for its corruption and mistreatment of migrant workers, so sometimes stories coming out of Qatar can sound a little like the same old. One graph shows otherwise.

This Washington Post chart published Wednesday was widely circulated on social media to show the extent of the problem, and the country's negligence. The laborers’ death toll has already far surpassed the previous World Cups. By this rate 4,000 migrant workers are expected to die, according to the International Trade Union Confederation.

The ITUC has called Qatar "a country without a conscience," according to the Guardian. The Human Rights Watch has also condemned the Gulf nation, saying the country turned a blind eye and refused to act on a recommendation to investigate the deaths.

“We believe that the people helping us build our country deserve to be fairly paid, humanely treated and protected against exploitation,” the labor ministry said in a November statement. But Qatar has so far not only failed to protect the lives of workers but also detained journalists for reporting on it.

Even with authorities "reforming" labor laws, critics are taking the country's words with a grain of salt.


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