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VIDEO: Migrants share fears about working in Qatar

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“We eat, we drink – whether or not we get up the next day is the fear.”

Over the past few weeks, the controversy over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup has grown increasingly political, as charges of racism, corruption and hidden agendas make the rounds.

Those politics are kept to a minimum in this recently released 17-minute video, produced by an ESPN affiliate, about a different topic related to the World Cup: workers’ rights.

With several infrastructure projects afoot before 2022, Qatar has grown increasingly dependent on foreign labor to meet its deadlines.

Conditions

Much has been said about the dismal living and working conditions of these constructions workers. Here, some of them – and their relatives overseas – are able to speak for themselves about their experiences in Qatar, sharing their fears about being trapped somewhere far from home.

Not unaware of problems with its current kafala sponsorship system, Qatar has recently been mulling legislation changes that would ideally make it easier for expats here to change jobs and leave the country.

But when these changes will be implemented, and how they will affect the majority of people who live here, remains to be seen.

The above E:360 video was posted last month but traffic spiked this week after it was picked up by Upworthy. It has so far been viewed more than 150,000 times worldwide, spurring myriad reactions that range from horror to dismay to impatience. What do you think of it?

Thoughts?

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Someone
Someone
6 years ago

An embarrassment to the nation of Qatar. I hope to God that somebody with enough power sees this, it hurts his pride that Qataris are notorious for and actually does something to change these labour’s lives. This is sickening and disgusting. If you want to impose the values of your religion upon everyone, how about you start by treating everybody equally rather than worrying about what people wear to go to the mall?!

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

“Put the workers’ rights on the table as the price for the world cup”. Couldn’t agree more.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Do you know how that would hit FIFA profits? Are you insane? FIFA stays out of politics or laws of the hosting country…er.. except when they forced the Brazillian government to repeal a law that banned alcohol being sold in the stadiums as it affected two of their biggest sponsors, Budweiser and Heinken.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

“I’m sorry to say, and maybe I look a bit arrogance, but that’s something we’ll not negotiate on. I mean, there will be and there must be as part of the law, the fact that we have the right to sell beer” said FIFA to Brazil after forcing it to change its laws and make it a requirement to sell beer at the stadiums. But don’t worry, FIFA couldn’t possibly force Qatar to sell beer at Khalifa Stadium as part of the host country contract… or can it?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

Once they start selling beer in Qatar’s stadiums will they ever stop?

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Whoever you are, I quoted the words of “Sharan Burrow – General Secretary ITUC” from the video and it’s my choice to agree with it. Am I insane or not? it’s none of your business. When you reply, be in your limits and choose your words wisely.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Who is she? Do you know how many people will lose their jobs if you prioritize human life over profits? Do you know the cost of living in Monaco? If you did you would not push your selfish agenda against Qatar…..

Scott
Scott
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You are really out of your mind. “Do you know how many people will lose their jobs if you prioritise human life over profit?” Absolutely insane.. You are completely off topic.. Selfish agenda?? Right. This selfish agenda is for some million migrant workers in Qatar..

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  Scott

I think MIMH is being sarcastic and pulling you on buddy.

Kingpin
Kingpin
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Not selfish, but racist agenda againest Qatar

pasarde
pasarde
6 years ago

I basically could not stop crying 🙁

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

welcome to hell

SeeNoEvil
SeeNoEvil
6 years ago

so dis heartening

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Oh dear will it ever stop? How about a happy story about Qatar for once. Did you know that Qatar has the highest ratio of Ferraris per head of popluation in the world? Or that Qatar had the biggest flag once? Did you know that unemployment is virtually zero in the state of Qatar and the economy grows at over 6% most years?

How about a story regarding successful landlords who have developed a profitable real estate business renting to the large influx of expatriates?

Or that Qataris spend the highest per visitor to London in an average transaction? (Approx 10,200 QR if anyone wonders)

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Really 10,200 in an average transaction…madness you can have ten maids for a month for that or a maid for ten months…..oh hang on nine months because you would have your maid with you to carry your bag for you, so there goes one months wages….

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

10k riyals is good for 12 months 🙂

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

…. looks like things keep on trickling from the cupboards with no end in sight

Abdullah
Abdullah
6 years ago

As much as I agree with the necessity of better work conditions and the abolishement of the KAFALA system, I think that there is a high level of dramatization and hypocrisy in this report. Taking into consideration the number of Indian and Nepali population in Qatar, death rates are even lower than that of Qataris or of the death rates in the workers’ home countries, besides calling upon the international community to do something, while the daily killing of hundreds in the middle east is going unnoticed seems utterly ridiculous as if the International Community is concerned or will ever be. Moreover why haven’t we seen such reports about death toll among migrants to the EU or those who try to cross the Mexican American boarders when the World Cup was organized there, aren’t they the main source for low wage workers in the EU and US. I am against inhumane treatment any where, as I am against double standards and blackmailing.

Gareth Walters
Gareth Walters
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdullah

Go and spend a day in their life and then tell me if is “a high level of dramatization and hypocrisy in this report”

Miles
Miles
6 years ago
Reply to  Gareth Walters

That is Right i agree with you let the Qataris spend a day like the nepalies and orthers and tell me if that is a nice life to live

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdullah

“Moreover why haven’t we seen such reports about death toll among migrants to the EU or those who try to cross the Mexican American boarders when the World Cup was organized there, aren’t they the main source for low wage workers in the EU and US.”

Answer: Because those weren’t the labor forces used to build the stadiums, their employment isn’t sanctioned by the government (i.e. they are illegal), and they aren’t the main low-wage labor force in either the EU or US.

Having said that, there are A LOT more documentaries on the plight of illegal immigrants in the US and EU than there are about Qatar.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdullah

Qataris are of all ages, whereas the workers that come are between 20 and 40 mainly, so you would expect them to have a much lower death rate. In fact the number of deaths you would expect under normal conditons to be a tiny percentage. This is certainly not the case for Nepalese workers in Qatar.

If this was happening amongst the Qatari population then there would be a huge investigation. For these people they just get shipped home in body bags.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdullah

Death rates are even lower than that of Qatari’s? Are you comparing deaths at workplace or death of healthy young men due to heart attacks? Let’s not compare apples to oranges and then call it double standard.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  Deepak Babu

Or death by own hand driving a Land Cruiser like you are invincible?

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdullah

Abdullah, the light in the night, your first line is refreshing.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

Today in The Peninsula Abdullah Al Emadi wrote: “These [UK] newspapers cannot have good intentions. Nor can any rational person believe that these newspapers mean well. The campaign against Qatar indicates that these newspapers have either been paid to do this or want to blackmail Qatar. They want to keep us busy thinking of these small things in order to exhaust us. This is why we want our government to be firm in dealing with these newspapers.”
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar-perspective/abdullah-al-emadi/288326/uk-papers-attacking-qatar
Does that make me irrational for seeing this video and thinking ‘something has to change’?

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

Never underestimate the power of denial.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

I don’t see how this is a campaign against Qatar. It’s impartial reporting as far as I can see. I mean they are criticizing UK and Russian for bribery charges in the same papers as well. So does this make it a campaign against UK and Russia as well? Qatar wanted the the publicity and the limelight on themselves, now that most of it turns out to be negative, they shouldn’t start calling it bias/racism.

On the other hand, I agree that the government should sue for defamation and then the onus will be on the newspapers to prove their claim or pay up in fines/ post apologies appropriately.

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago

So if you fall, it’s suicide, and if you have a heart attack despite being young and previously healthy, it’s natural causes. No wonder “no one” died on any of the world cup projects yet.

Is it possible that contracts are torn up and they’re paid a lower amount?

RaZam
RaZam
6 years ago

Dear Doha News Editor, can you enlighten your readers as to who are the contractors who have won the tenders for projects related to Qatar 2022 and their country of origin?

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  RaZam

And who the regulatory authority is that oversees them and decides what employment conditions their employees can work under.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

like if poor people here don’t feel like the locals, don’t need to feed their children like locals, don’t get sick like locals etc etc…where is compassion? Has life more or less importance according to the country of origin? Blah!

WestExpat
WestExpat
6 years ago

My 12 year old watched this and had tears in his eyes. He was asking why are these people dying in the what is supposed to be the richest country in the world.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  WestExpat

Why? Ohh that opens a whole can of worms and will make the young fella cry forever more about the cruelty of humans….

WestExpat
WestExpat
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

At least he is exhibiting a human emotion and sees the other’s regardless of their race or religion or nationality as human as well.

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