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15 Apr 2020

Rejimon Kuttappan, The Lede (India)

Symptoms Or Not, Migrant Workers Must Work In Gulf Countries

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“[Qatar] say lockdown in on. But work on major projects like [the Hamad International Airport expansion] and FIFA World Cup 2022 is on. Even if we say we have symptoms, they make us work. We don’t have a place to run away and hide either,” [said migrant worker] Rajeev...

The Lede reporter had visited workers’ camps in UAE and had filed a story on March 05 on how migrant workers are afraid of the COVID-19 outbreak in their camps...

Confirming The Lede’s findings, a fresh report by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) reveals that while some construction companies are taking welcome steps, most are not doing enough to protect these at-risk workers.