DOHA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Migrant workers outnumber the local workforce in Qatar by nearly 20 to one. Most are from the Philippines, South Asia and Africa, and about 800,000 work in the construction sector.
Stung by allegations of migrant worker abuse and under increased scrutiny as it prepares to host the 2022 football World Cup, the gas-rich kingdom has put in place a series of safeguards over the past year.
On the ground, not all the country’s nearly 2 million foreign workers believe the changes will be enough to protect them from exploitation.
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