Migrant Workers in Qatar and the UAE

How are construction companies and hotel brands impacting the rights of migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE? We track company operations, survey their human rights performance and document allegations to increase corporate transparency and accountability, and empower advocates in civil society and business to address labour exploitation. Scroll down to explore our findings.

By the numbers

These numbers are based on publicly reported allegations of labour rights abuse against migrant workers in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE), in which businesses are implicated. The actual numbers of incidents of abuse and affected migrant workers are believed to be higher.

  • 172

    Allegations

    Publicly reported regarding migrant worker abuse by companies since 2016

  • 57k

    Workers

    Impacted in the documented cases

  • 80%

    Wage Delays

    Migrant workers most commonly report withheld, delayed or non-payment of wages

  • 63%

    Denial of freedoms

    Withholding passports, non-renewal of visas & preventing protests or strikes all threaten workers' fundamental freedoms

Get the data

From company surveys to contract awards, a lot of data sits behind each and every Resource Centre project. We make all of this information on companies involved easily discoverable to encourage further transparency and enable you to advocate for better standards.

Gulf Construction Tracker

Monitor trends, read analysis, explore and download data on construction awards across the Gulf region, covering over $212bn in contract value.

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On Shaky Ground: Migrant Workers’ Rights in Qatar & UAE Construction

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Latest News & Developments

View our latest news on migrant workers in Qatar & UAE, including company responses to our outreach and surveys.

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