Union criticizes Qatar over workers’ ‘crowded, squalid camps’

AL KHOR, Qatar— By day, they build the streets of one of the richest countries in the world. By night, many of them seek reprieve from what the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), a federation of labor unions, calls “crowded, squalid camps.”
Cramped rooms, rows of bunk beds and poor washroom facilities: Along the back streets of Al Khor, Qatar’s second-largest city, thousands of migrant workers — mostly from South Asia — live in conditions far removed from the glamorous high-rises they’ve helped create.
Most workers come to the Gulf to escape a life of poverty, but some say they are now disappointed and frustrated by their living and working conditions. 

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Photo: Qatar2022/Getty

Union criticizes Qatar over workers’ ‘crowded, squalid camps’

AL KHOR, Qatar— By day, they build the streets of one of the richest countries in the world. By night, many of them seek reprieve from what the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), a federation of labor unions, calls “crowded, squalid camps.”

Cramped rooms, rows of bunk beds and poor washroom facilities: Along the back streets of Al Khor, Qatar’s second-largest city, thousands of migrant workers — mostly from South Asia — live in conditions far removed from the glamorous high-rises they’ve helped create.

Most workers come to the Gulf to escape a life of poverty, but some say they are now disappointed and frustrated by their living and working conditions.

Read more

Photo: Qatar2022/Getty