2022 FIFA World Cup

For the 2022 FIFA World Cup, more than 6,500 migrant workers have died

Data from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka report 5,927 people disappearance. The Pakistani embassy speaks of 824 deceased compatriots. The figure could be much higher because the figures for Kenya and the Philippines are missing.

Doha (AsiaNews / Agencies) – More than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since the 2022 World Cup was awarded in December 2010.

This is what emerges from a Guardian investigation that casts an additional shadow over the reports, and the host nation, of workplace accidents, slavery conditions or non-payment of wages.

Data for Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka the disappearance of 5,927 workers in 2011 to 2020. The Pakistani Embassy in Qatar reports an additional 824 people who died in 2010 to 2020.

The statistics could be much higher, as the confirmed victims do not include countries with a huge workforce in the Gulf, such as the Philippines and Kenya. Last months of last year deaths are not counted.

While the data does not indicate the employment or workplace of the victims, it is highly likely that the vast majority are related to construction and infrastructure projects for the World Cup scheduled for next year, said the FairSquare project director. , Nick McGeehan.

The NGO specializes in labor rights in the Gulf. A very significant proportion of migrant workers who have died since 2011 have been alone in the country because Qatar won the right to host the World Cup, he said.

The investigation also reveals Doha’s inability or unwillingness to protect migrant workers, more than 2 million people in the small Gulf country. Little, if not even the will to investigate the real causes of the high death rate and the reasons for death among the mostly young and healthy workers.

And behind the statistics hides the lives of thousands of families devastated by the loss of a relative and the opportunity to earn the money necessary for their livelihood, in addition to not receiving any compensation.

Among the many stories, we remember that of the young Ghal Singh Rai, from Nepal, who paid almost $ 1,500 to be hired in a cleaning company that operates at the Education City World Cup stadium. Mohammad Shahid Miah, from Bangladesh, died of an electric shock in his bedroom after the water came into contact with exposed electrical wires.

The death rate among these communities is within the expected range for the size and the population. However, every life lost is a tragedy, and every effort is made to try prevent every death in our country. Which is within the expected range for the size and demographics of the population.

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