Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Day in the Life of Migrant Workers in Qatar

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Doha, with a population of 1.7 million, is the capital of Qatar, the world’s richest country. The country is preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which means a massive construction boom. As the Qatari citizen won’t do the manual labour, tens of thousands of migrant labourers have taken up the burden. Even in this unforgiving weather, where temperatures reach 45 degrees, you can see migrant workers slaving away. Dark glasses and reflective vests are ubiquitous. Continue reading

Why Telangana needs a stronger migrant labour policy

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More than 4 lakh people hailing from Telangana work in Gulf countries. They are often unaware of the politics, economy, cultural system or even the climate of their destination.

As the plane crosses the terrain of Muscat towards Doha, Jyoti and Kumari look in wonder at the 3D display in front of them running images of the Middle East landscape. The duo hail from a village near Hyderabad and are on their way to Qatar through an agent, to work as domestic workers. Both women come from an agricultural background and had to flee their hometown owing to a financial crisis. They are not aware of the politics, economy, cultural system or even the climate of their destination. They say they will be received by a local agent to take them to their place of work. Continue reading