Qatar to compensate World Cup workers

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By Middle East Affairs

Qatar World Cup organizers will pay more than $5 million to the migrant workers who are building its stadiums, Associated Press reports.

This highlights the current debate about worker exploitation as many of the workers who will prepare Qatar for the 2022 FIFA championship are coming from South Asian countries, like India and Nepal.

AP reported that World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi said: “All too often, the very people who have left their homes to provide for their families are the ones exploited.”

He said his organizing committee and contractors “have agreed on a mechanism to ensure that our workers are reimbursed for the hardships they may have endured when coming to Qatar to work.”

The Gulf state will pay $5.2 million to workers from companies over the next two years, AP said.

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