The Role Of Labor In Qatar

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These past fifty years, the population of Qatar has increased rapidly from 100,000 in 1960 to 2.2 million in 2017. This is not because of traditional methods but because of its location on the east of the Arabian Peninsula which allows for a major shipping port, but creates difficulty for them with agriculture meaning forced labor from immigrants. This isolated location not only forces them to import most of their goods, but most of their workers as well. Qatar’s capitalistic nature has driven them to get the most from their workers while taking little care of them. During the 1950s and 1960s, increasing oil revenues brought prosperity, rapid immigration, and substantial social progress. The United States Department reported that 68.2% of …show more content…

Most of these slaves voluntarily migrate to Qatar as low-skilled laborers or domestic servants, but are subsequently subjected to conditions indicative of involuntary servitude. Some of the more common labor rights violations include beatings, withholding of payment, charging workers for benefits which are nominally the responsibility of the amir, severe restrictions on freedom of movement such as the confiscation of passports, travel documents, or exit permits, threats of legal action, and sexual assault. Many migrant workers arriving for work in Qatar have paid excessive fees to recruiters in their home countries, a practice that makes workers highly vulnerable to forced labor once in Qatar. These conditions include threats of serious harm, including financial harm; job switching; withholding of pay; charging workers for benefits for which the employer is responsible; restrictions on freedom of movement, including the confiscation of passports and travel documents and the withholding of exit permits; arbitrary detention; threats of legal action and deportation; false charges; and physical, mental and sexual abuse. Forced labour in the construction sector is one of the dominant forms of modern slavery in Qatar, reflecting the demand for cheap labour to build extensive infrastructure. They are almost exclusively male 99.4 percent and are predominantly from South and Southeast Asian nations.

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