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Migrant Workers in Qatar and the UAE

How are construction companies and hotel brands impacting the rights of migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE? We track company operations, survey their human rights performance, and empower advocates in civil society and business to address labour exploitation.

By The Numbers (Jan 2016 - July 2021)

These numbers are based on publicly reported allegations of labour rights abuse against migrant workers in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE), in which businesses are implicated. The actual numbers of incidents of abuse and affected migrant workers are believed to be higher.

325

Allegations

Publicly reported regarding migrant worker abuse by companies since Jan 2016

50k

Workers

Impacted in the documented cases

31%

Qatar

We've tracked 149 cases of abuse against migrant workers in Qatar

37%

UAE

We've tracked 176 cases of abuse against migrant workers in the UAE

Get the Data

From company surveys to contract awards, a lot of data sits behind each and every Resource Centre project. We make all of this information on companies involved easily discoverable to encourage further transparency and enable you to advocate for better standards.

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Briefing: COVID-19 & Risks to Migrant Workers in Qatar & the UAE

Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gulf Construction Tracker

Snapshot: Our latest analysis looks at the risks to migrant workers in the UAE with a year to go until EXPO 2020