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.

  • 100+


    Publicly reported allegations of migrant worker abuse by companies since 2016

  • 34k


    The number of workers impacted in the documented cases

  • 98%

    Wage Delays

    Most non-fatality related allegations concern late or non-payment of workers’ wages

  • 74%

    Restricted Mobility

    The other widely reported labour abuse is restriction on workers’ freedom of movement

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Inhospitable: How hotels in Qatar & the UAE are failing migrant workers

First report analysing hotels’ approaches to safeguarding workers’ rights finds weak regional implementation of company policies.

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

Second survey of construction companies reveals no progress in sector transparency and engagement on labour rights and protections for migrant workers.

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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.

Migrant Workers & Hotels

Find out how hotels are addressing risks to migrant workers in Qatar and the UAE using our searchable database of survey responses and disclosure.

Gulf Construction Tracker

Monitor trends, read analysis, explore and download data on construction awards across the Gulf region, covering over $80bn in contract value.

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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