It was reported that more than 6,500 workers have lost their lives since Qatar took over the responsibility of hosting the World Cup, and most of them were immigrants from South Asian countries.
According to international media, 6,751 workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka lost their lives.
In addition to the international media data, since December 2010, an average of 12 migrant workers have lost their lives every week. in which 5,927 workers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in South Asia lost their lives between 2011 and 2020.
The Pakistani Embassy in Qatar said that 824 Pakistani laborers died during this period. India has the highest number at 2,711. Similarly, there are 1,641 people from Nepal, 1,081 from Bangladesh, 824 from Pakistan, and 557 from Sri Lanka.
Although Qatar dismissed the deaths of most of the workers as “natural causes,” human rights organizations claimed that most of the workers died from falling from tall buildings, hanging, or working illegally for long hours in hot weather.
The International Trade Union Federation prepared a report called “The Case Against Qatar.” In the report, it was mentioned that the condition of foreign workers in Qatar is very miserable and that foreign workers are forced to work in unbearable heat.
Similarly, it was pointed out that the living and eating arrangements of the workers are also delicate.
After intense criticism and pressure from human rights organizations, Qatar made some controversial changes to its labor laws in 2017, including reforms to working conditions in the desert heat and a minimum wage.