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1 Okt 2020

Haroon Janjua, DW (Germany)

How will Qatar's labor reforms impact South Asian workers?

Ali Asghar returned to Pakistan from Qatar on September 11 after spending four years in the Gulf state. The 39-year-old... told DW he had to work without payment for months.

"I was jobless for two years in Doha and lived with my friends. Moving back to Pakistan was not an option because of my country's bad economic situation," Asghar said. "But things were not easy in Qatar, also. My employer would not pay his workers for months. We worked at construction sites in abysmal conditions,"...

Asghar is not too optimistic. He told DW that the exploitation of workers in Qatar is likely to continue... the reforms will not come into force anytime soon, he said.

"It runs deep in the system. Vulnerable laborers find themselves helpless before their employers. I think it will take a lot of time to implement these reforms...

"In my view, these are just token measures to present a better image of the country to the international community before the start of the 2022 Football World Cup," he added.