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In pictures: Qatar's construction workers
One of the world's wealthiest countries is also home to thousands of migrant workers who live in extreme poverty.
Last updated: 11 Nov 2013 12:16
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Doha, Qatar - Tens of thousands of migrant labourers - mostly from Nepal, India, and the Philippines - live and work in Qatar. However, criticism regarding the treatment of these workers is growing, with labour groups and human rights organisations condemning the government and employers for low wages, a lack of safety equipment, and squalid housing. 

Amnesty International is set to release a report, titled "The Dark Side of Migration", which claims there is widespread exploitation among employers, unpaid wages for workers, and the inability of workers to leave the country. 

The report follows previous exposes featured in both Al Jazeera and The Guardian.


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Qatar has the highest percentage of migrant workers in the world. Eighty-eight percent of people living in the Gulf state are citizens of other countries.


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Migrant labourers' contracts often differ significantly from what they were promised when they were recruited in their home countries. 


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Temperatures regularly reach above 40 degrees during the summer months, making manual labour an often gruelling process. 


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Some workers are housed in cramped living quarters, with as many as a dozen men sharing a single room. 


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Many labourers work 12-hour shifts, with one day off per week. 


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The vast majority of Qatar's migrant workers come from South and East Asia.


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
A lack of safety equipment is a major issue for construction workers.


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Francois Crepeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, said Qatar's labour laws "still lack implementation on the ground".


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Crepeau called for the establishment of a minimum wage, a more robust labour inspection system, and the abolishment of the kafala system, which binds migrant workers to a single employer.


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Qatar is undertaking ambitious development projects as it gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.


/Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera
Qatar's wealth has led the country to rapidly develop.


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Employers often confiscate their workers' passports, despite a 2009 law forbidding them to do so. 


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Qatar has the highest percentage of migrant workers in the world. Eighty-eight percent of people living in the Gulf state are citizens of other countries.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/9ad5a423ac45d5874c00e3af0eeb085bSorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Qatar has the highest percentage of migrant workers in the world. Eighty-eight percent of people living in the Gulf state are citizens of other countries.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/4c113ed812c9937849b179c1899e3794

Migrant labourers' contracts often differ significantly from what they were promised when they were recruited in their home countries. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/4c113ed812c9937849b179c1899e3794Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Migrant labourers' contracts often differ significantly from what they were promised when they were recruited in their home countries. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/43922109b3d2b1d546e90b76d1737ff0

Temperatures regularly reach above 40 degrees during the summer months, making manual labour an often gruelling process. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/43922109b3d2b1d546e90b76d1737ff0Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Temperatures regularly reach above 40 degrees during the summer months, making manual labour an often gruelling process. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/fcde41b6bd2c2255f2950e03873b01e5

Some workers are housed in cramped living quarters, with as many as a dozen men sharing a single room. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/fcde41b6bd2c2255f2950e03873b01e5Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Some workers are housed in cramped living quarters, with as many as a dozen men sharing a single room. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/195b274deff7229337219bd19171e7eb

Many labourers work 12-hour shifts, with one day off per week. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/195b274deff7229337219bd19171e7ebSorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Many labourers work 12-hour shifts, with one day off per week. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/07ca06a58e964275c7710ffc258cd252The vast majority of Qatar's migrant workers come from South and East Asia.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/07ca06a58e964275c7710ffc258cd252Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera The vast majority of Qatar's migrant workers come from South and East Asia. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/273a1f247c2d8856b0409d3b8e2ae39c

A lack of safety equipment is a major issue for construction workers.

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A lack of safety equipment is a major issue for construction workers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/9d280d4be882b79dd44cc6efed4105d2Francois Crepeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, said Qatar's labour laws "still lack implementation on the ground".http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/9d280d4be882b79dd44cc6efed4105d2Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera Francois Crepeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, said Qatar's labour laws "still lack implementation on the ground". http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/584bc849327e375dfd7ae5bcb569b96fCrepeau called for the establishment of a minimum wage, a more robust labour inspection system, and the abolishment of the kafala system, which binds migrant workers to a single employer.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/584bc849327e375dfd7ae5bcb569b96fSorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera Crepeau called for the establishment of a minimum wage, a more robust labour inspection system, and the abolishment of the kafala system, which binds migrant workers to a single employer. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/a233d99045ed90623e44ba796ea9fea1Qatar is undertaking ambitious development projects as it gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/a233d99045ed90623e44ba796ea9fea1Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera Qatar is undertaking ambitious development projects as it gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/1dad09ec365e79cd5770e556f1b4c7db

Qatar's wealth has led the country to rapidly develop.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/1dad09ec365e79cd5770e556f1b4c7dbSorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Qatar's wealth has led the country to rapidly develop.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/ba958998538bdd44bf5a6cd04af1c87a

Employers often confiscate their workers' passports, despite a 2009 law forbidding them to do so. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Qatar_construction_workers/slideshow/no-caption/ba958998538bdd44bf5a6cd04af1c87aSorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera

Employers often confiscate their workers' passports, despite a 2009 law forbidding them to do so. 



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