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US Senate FIFA inquiry examines plight of foreign workers in Qatar

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15 July 2015

Senate FIFA Inquiry to Include Plight of Construction Workers in Qatar

Author: Barry Meier, New York Times

...On Wednesday, a United States Senate subcommittee is expected to examine those issues [situation of migrant construction workers in Qatar] as part of a hearing into the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. The panel will review a continuing debate over the number and causes of worker deaths in Qatar...

...As the FIFA controversy grows, major American construction companies working in Qatar and in other Gulf nations are being drawn into the debate about labor practices in the region.

Several companies based in the United States, such as CH2M, Aecom and Bechtel, are involved in either building World Cup-related sites in Qatar or other major projects in Gulf states, like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, that rely heavily on migrant laborers. In Qatar, migrant workers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines account for nearly all of the country’s labor force.

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