Oil-Rich Qatar Paying Construction Workers $50 a Week

The FIFA corruption scandal has cast new light on the conditions endured by hundreds of thousands of workers laboring on stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

📅   Tue June 02, 2015 - National Edition
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Image courtesy of ABC News. Foreign workers, mostly from South Asia, are being paid as little as $50 a week as the labor to build the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.
Image courtesy of ABC News. Foreign workers, mostly from South Asia, are being paid as little as $50 a week as the labor to build the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

According to ABC News, the corruption scandal engulfing world football’s governing body FIFA has cast a renewed spotlight on the conditions endured by hundreds of thousands of workers laboring on stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Qatar — the world’s richest country per capita — is spending $260 billion building the stadiums, public transport systems, freeways, hotels and apartments to stage the tournament.

Yet foreign workers, mostly from South Asia, are being paid as little as $50 a week as the labor to build the infrastructure.

Forced to live in squalid and unsanitary conditions, they work under a controversial system called kafala, which requires them to surrender their passports to their employers.

With the recent resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter amidst a widely publicized corruption scandal, a cloud of uncertainty could come to cover World Cup construction projects.

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