Qatar has come under intense criticism in the lead-up to the 2022 World
Cup, amid reports that new stadiums and luxury hotels are being
constructed under labor conditions that amount to modern-day slavery.
Nepalese workers, who comprise about 20 percent of Qatar’s migrant
labor force, were dying at a rate of one every two days as of late last
year, according to The Guardian, often due to extreme heat and poor safety standards. The country’s kafala
labor system also ties migrant workers to their employers, who can
confiscate passports and withhold pay as they see fit. Last week, The Guardian
reported that many Nepalese workers were denied leave to attend
funerals held after a massive earthquake struck their home country last
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