The world football association, FIFA, pointed out just before the start of the World Cup in Qatar that Qatar had had a compensation fund for migrant workers for years. According to FIFA, since the creation of this fund in 2018, more than 350 million dollars (converted to almost 340 million euros) have been paid to workers who had not received a salary or received it too much. late. Amnesty International and various World Cup participants have repeatedly called on FIFA and Qatar ahead of the tournament to set up a $440 million compensation fund (equal to the prize money of the tournament), which would include the families of deceased migrant workers could do.

According to human rights organisations, since the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar in 2010, hundreds, if not thousands of guest workers have died in the host country in often appalling conditions. The cause of death was mostly unknown. FIFA and Qatar claim that “only” three migrant workers died during the construction of the stadiums.

Amnesty International and several European football associations, including the KNVB, have been advocating for some time to set up a $440 million fund. However, FIFA and Qatar refuse to do so. Even when European countries issued an ultimatum a few weeks ago, there was no reaction.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the day before the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador that he believed such a fund had existed for years. Infantino spoke about it with the Minister of Labor of Qatar, Ali bin Samikh Al Marri. “The Minister guarantees that this fund will continue to exist and will allow workers to pursue the businesses that are in accordance with the law. I appreciate this commitment,” Infantino said. “The Minister also told the European Parliament recently that workers or families who have not yet received what they are entitled to can contact the relevant authorities.”

Qatar has implemented labor rights reforms in recent years. For example, a minimum wage has been set, Qatar has a heat protocol, and forced labor is officially prohibited. According to international organizations, however, many things can be done even better in the country where some 2 million workers, mainly from Asia and Africa, work. They constitute the largest part of the total population of the wealthy country.

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