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Migrant Rights reports health impacts of low-skilled work on Gulf migrants, issues recommendations

"Op-ed: The precarious health situation of migrant workers in the Gulf," 24 Feb 2020

A migrant worker in GCC... is likely to be employed in sectors that are considered menial, labour-intensive, and/or dangerous... These employing industries include sectors such as construction, agriculture, stevedoring, maintenance, transportation, petroleum extraction and processing, and household work. Working in these positions marks the greatest risk of exposure to a myriad of occupational hazards...

living in cramped conditions with flimsy sanitation, their health problems are aggravated by poor and unhygienic environments, food insecurity, and minimal access to health care...

Despite mandatory healthcare coverage in some GCC states, migrant workers are often forced to cover their own health expenses while being exposed due to numerous risk factors.