Qatar’s government banned all forms of gatherings this week in a bid to stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus – but for migrants working on Fifa 2022 World Cup construction sites, the measures don’t apply.
It’s “business as usual” for building projects, says The Guardian, in its latest “exploitation in focus” feature.
And despite the ban on gatherings, the paper says packed buses could be seen heading to the sites where thousands of workers “continue to toil” in the run-up to the Fifa mega-event.
After a controversial winning bid for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar’s preparations have also regularly been under the microscope, with workers’ living conditions the subject of studies by human rights groups.
The Guardian’s latest report sheds more light on the migrants and the challenges they now face amid the new coronavirus which has spread across the world.
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