Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022

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See also: Outreach to construction firms operating in Qatar

In December 2010, Qatar won its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. In preparation, Qatar will spend an estimated US$100 billion on infrastructure, including a new airport, roads, hotels and stadiums.

The international media, unions and human rights organizations have shone a spotlight on abuses of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar.  Major concerns include the exploitative “kafala” sponsorship system; lack of freedom of association / right to form unions; confiscation of passports; and harmful working and housing conditions.  The World Cup provides an opportunity to push for change.

This page features the latest developments on labour rights in Qatar.  It also provides an overview of what key actors are doing – from international unions to the Qatari Government itself.  And it highlights the role and responsibilities of companies operating in Qatar.

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