Qatar takes aim at World Cup record for killing migrant workers

Remember that human rights group charging that 4,000 workers will end up dying while building Qatar’s 2022 World Cup facilities? Now there’s a new report that says just in the last two years, 964 migrant workers have died in construction projects —and the new report is from the Qatari government itself:

The report by the international law firm DLA Piper calls for changes to the much-criticised kafala system that ties workers to their employers. It also contains the Qatari government’s own figure on the numbers of migrants who have died on its soil: 964 from Nepal, India and Bangladesh in 2012 and 2013. In all, 246 died from “sudden cardiac death” in 2012, the report said, 35 died in falls and 28 committed suicide.

Note that that’s not only on World Cup facilities, but given that there are still eight years to go before 2022, that’s plenty of time to wrack up 4,000 soccer-specific deaths. And anyway, as Deadspin puts it:

A country that needs an independent law firm to tell it that hey, maybe it’s worth looking into why workers are just dropping dead from heart attacks for seemingly no reason is not one that should be hosting the World Cup.

2 comments on “Qatar takes aim at World Cup record for killing migrant workers

  1. That number is stunning, I know deaths still occur using the most modern construction methods but how seems crazy that any project on that small an area can proceed averaging around a forty per month (outside of war).

  2. @Lance.
    What you have to realize is that oil-rich Arab-ruled nations like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have long traditions of both importing migrant workers from poorer asian nations, and also treating them badly.

    And please, I am not anti-Islam or anti-Muslim or anything like that. Of course Brazil and Russia have had their own recent, well publicized problems. But it is a frequent and specific occurrence to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Dubai. It’s just a fact. “Foreign Workers in Saudi Arabia” has its own wikipedia entry.