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Nepal's policy on migrant workers: Alarming complacency

The Himalayan Times, Nepal, 30 April 2021 - The report on FIFA is just one of many revelations that will sadly remain only a piece of news unless diligently acted upon. The silence on the part of the law and policy-makers to change the status quo is alarmingly deafening. Their complacency and apathy point to a larger ethos of dehumanisation of any class of people with whom they do not relate to

A study released by The Guardian in February revealed that over 6,500 migrant workers from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar in the last ten years since it received the right to host the FIFA World Cup.

That is over twice the number of people who have died of human-directed work conditions than those who have died in all of Nepal due to the COVID pandemic as of this date as per official records.

For migrant workers, working overseas to be able to feed their families is a gamble that they are forced to make.

The abuse by employers, squalid living conditions, horrific work hours, and instillation of hopelessness and sense of entrapment in migrant workers through a scheme of indebtedness is commonplace.

Examining such reports further shows how swiftly and tactfully international organisations exonerate themselves of any wrongdoing.

Over 80 per cent of the deaths in Qatar were categorised as 'natural', completely disregarding how most people who do undertake such labour go in their early twenties and thirties, the prime age of their lives.



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