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20 Okt 2019

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

UAE & Migrant Workers’ Rights: One Year to Expo 2020

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Construction workers, who represent an estimated 34% of the total workforce in the UAE, are among the most vulnerable as construction companies fail to safeguard migrant workers rights. The snapshot finds that 62 new construction projects awarded since January 2018 went to companies that have failed to disclose how they protect migrant workers.  

The snapshot also finds that the UAE government has a big role in awarding construction projects, with $25.3 billion - 66% of the contracts (by monetary value) - since January 2018 awarded by government-linked clients. The snapshot closes with guidance to clients, companies and investors on advancing migrant worker rights.