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21 Apr 2020

Jean Shaoul, World Socialist Web Site

COVID-19 lockdown leaves Gulf states’ migrant workers penniless in unsanitary conditions

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Migrant workers in Gulf countries have been laid off without income in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic... Unable to return home because of travel restrictions... [left] in lockdown, confined to overcrowded, unsanitary dormitories without access to either health care or help...

[BHRRC] raised its “deep concern”... that most of the construction companies taking part in the survey (and only half replied) in the UAE and Qatar were not doing enough to protect their workers... work on construction sites in Qatar was continuing despite the pandemic despite the lack of personal protective equipment... Social distancing at work and in living quarters... was impossible.