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More than 6,500 guest workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar in the last ten years since the country won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the Guardian writes. The statistics do not include the people of the Philippines and Kenya, who also come to the country in large numbers.
Although exact data are not available, it is likely that a significant proportion of these are guest workers who have worked on construction sites started due to vébé. Due to the sporting event, seven new stadiums, airports, roads, public transport routes, hotels and a whole new city will also be built where the final will be played.
According to the data provided by the organizers, 37 of those involved in the construction of the stadiums died, 34 of them did not lose their lives in connection with their work. However, experts say this is difficult to take seriously, as several were placed in this category while they collapsed at the construction site.
The paper also mentions the case of a Nepalese man who paid hundreds of thousands of forints to work as a cleaner in a workers’ hostel and then committed suicide a week later. A Bangladeshi worker died in an electric shock at the accommodation, and a 43-year-old Indian man was only told after he was found in his room that he died of “natural causes”. The latter is very often cited as a justification in the Qatari database acquired by the Guardian.
According to the government, the statistics also include office workers who died of natural causes after working in Qatar for years. In addition, they argue that the number of deaths is still negligible compared to all guest workers, even if every single life lost is a tragedy.
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