Extreme heat in Qatar threatens migrant workers ahead of 2022 World Cup

As the construction of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar continues, Human Rights Watch is warning that given the “life-threatening heat,” the working conditions in the country could lead to the deaths of hundreds of migrant workers.
Construction on FIFA stadium in Doha Photo Credit: EPA

“Life-threatening heat” could kill hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar, according to a research study carried out by Human Rights Watch. On Wednesday, the Guardian newspaper wrote about the situation that is also affecting the construction workers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

While Qatar has an unsteady record of protecting migrant workers’ rights, FIFA’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is overseeing the project in Qatar, is trying to improve the welfare standards for the construction workers. The Guardian reported that hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar die every year due to the unacceptable outdoor working conditions.

“Limiting work hours to safe temperatures- not set by a clock or calendar- is well within the capacity of the Qatari government and will help protect hundreds of thousands of workers,” Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director, said. She added that publicizing information about worker deaths is another way to help protect the lives of the workers in Qatar.



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