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According to this Tuesday’s edition of the British The Guardian, more than 6,500 workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since December 2010, when the country was preparing to host the 2022 World Cup.

More than 6,500 migrant workers India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since the country won the right to host the 2022 World Cup ten years ago, The Guardian.

To host the 2022 football world cup, Qatar embarked on a unprecedented construction program. In the last 10 years, four stadiums have been opened and there are four more to be completed. The new projects also include a new airport, roads, public transport systems and hotels.

Since December 2010, when Qatar became the host of the championship, the The Guardian estimates that an average of 12 migrant workers have died each week.

The figures were provided by the embassies of these countries in Doha, but they do not specify in which professional sectors the deaths occurred. Even so, the profile of Asian emigration to Qatar allows us to conclude that the vast majority are related to the construction.

According to the British daily, government data from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka show that 5,927 migrant workers died between 2011 and 2020. Data from the Pakistani embassy point to more than 824 deaths of Pakistani workers between 2010 and 2020.

All in all, it is concluded that more than 6,700 migrant workers have died in Qatar since the country began to prepare for the reception of the 2022 World Cup. The morning also notes that the total number of deaths is “significantly higher”, As these figures do not include data on fatalities from other countries, such as the Philippines and Kenya, or deaths in the last months of 2020.

“A very significant proportion of migrant workers who have died since 2011 were in the country only because Qatar won the right to host the World Cup,” confirmed Nick McGeehan, director of FairSquare Projects, a non-governmental organization specializing in human rights. Gulf workers.

Thousands of immigrants from Asian countries arrive in Qatar looking for work, but, waiting for them, they find poor housing conditions and false promises. In 2016, a report by Amnesty International revealed that workers who built one of the new stadiums “suffered systematic abuse, in some cases forced labor ”.

Although the vast majority of deaths are attributed to “natural causes”, Related to cardiac arrest or respiratory failure, the The Guardian writes that this type of classification is done without recourse to autopsies.

The Government of Qatar justifies that “the mortality rate among these communities is as expected, taking into account the size and demography of the population ”. In addition, the Executive spokesman said that migrant workers have access to excellent health care in the country.

In a statement, a FIFA spokesman said they were fully committed to protecting workers’ rights. “With very stringent health and safety measures in place, the frequency of accidents at construction sites in the Club World Cup has been low compared to other major construction projects around the world,” he said.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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