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Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022

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 and highlights the role and responsibilities of companies operating in Qatar.

By The Numbers (Jan 2016 - April 2022)

These numbers are based on publicly reported allegations of labour rights abuse against migrant workers in Qatar, in which businesses are implicated. The actual numbers of incidents of abuse and affected migrant workers are believed to be higher.



Publicly reported regarding migrant worker abuse by companies in Qatar since 2016



Impacted in the documented cases


Wage delays

Withheld, delayed or non-payment of wages are a key feature of the cases we track


Construction & Engineering

Construction is the most commonly cited sector in which abuse occurs - in 85 cases

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Parallel Portal

In November 2022 Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup, an international sporting event which capitalises on the premise of bringing people and cultures together. But behind sanitised images celebrating global diversity, serious human rights concerns remain, particularly in relation to the treatment of the two million migrant workers who live and work in Qatar under the effective control of their employer (the Kafala system).

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Checked Out: Migrant worker abuse in Qatar's World Cup luxury hotels

In our second survey of the sector, we invited 19 hotel companies, representing more than 100 global brands with over 80 properties across Qatar, to participate in a second survey on their approach to safeguarding migrant workers’ rights in the country. Answers by hotel brands show they have failed to take necessary action to protect migrant workers, who suffer serious abuses.

From the organisers

Qatar World Cup: Progress Report provides update on Sustainability commitments

The report provides an update on the progress made by the organisations on delivering on their five sustainability commitments made in their Sustainability Strategy published in 2019.

FIFA issues joint World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy with host Qatar

On 21 January, FIFA and hosts Qatar issued a joint FIFA World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy, outlining commitments around five key pillars, including on human capital and workers' rights, inclusivity and environmental protection

Workers' Welfare Standards initiate monitoring for 2022 World Cup contracts

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is the entity responsible for overseeing construction of stadiums and training sites. This page collates updates and reports from the SC on its implementation & monitoring of the WWS