Status: 02/23/2021 3:14 p.m.
More than 6,500 guest workers, mostly young men, have died in Qatar since the desert emirate was awarded the contract to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010. This emerges from a report in the British daily “Guardian”.
The “Guardian” refers to data from government sources in five Asian countries. According to this, 5,927 migrant workers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka died between 2011 and 2020. In addition, the Pakistani embassy in Qatar reported a further 824 deaths of Pakistani workers during the same period.
Not all countries included
Ambitious infrastructure program
More than two million guest workers currently live in the country. With their help, the authoritarian desert state launched an ambitious infrastructure program after the 2022 World Cup was awarded – the construction of seven stadiums, an airport, and investments in roads and local public transport.
The government regrets every single death and is doing everything possible to prevent deaths.
WM-OK speaks of 34 deaths
The statistics cited by the Guardian do not reveal exactly where the guest workers died in Qatar. According to the World Cup organizing committee in Qatar, 34 guest workers were killed on World Cup construction sites – this exclusively refers to stadium construction – during the period mentioned.
The se figures are transparent and other “misleading” information about deaths on the World Cup construction sites is in doubt.
The WDR magazine “Sport inside” reported on it several times in articles. Qatar always rejected this criticism. Last summer the government launched a reform program designed to improve the situation of migrant workers.