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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