Implying that every single death that occurs in Qatar is somehow directly to be pinned on the Authorities and the building of stadiums is however simply misleading and unnecessarily diminishes the moral authority of both the media, as well as the labour and human rights organizations that are trying to highlight and improve the living conditions of often overlooked parts of Qatar’s society.For people living in Qatar the situation is obvious if they bother to notice it, as Vani Saraswathi, Associate Editor of rightly pointed out in a recent guest post on Doha News: According to our estimates which are based on official Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) data sets, there were around 313,000 Qatari nationals in the middle of 2016 (more information on the methodology can be found at the end of this article).Due to Qatar’s restrictive laws, poor financial compensation of Nepali workers and damning reports of various human and labour rights’ organizations, the vast majority of international coverage is negative.The recent amendments to the Kafala system have also been criticized as barely scratching the surface.
There is more than enough meat on the bone to chew; working conditions, financial compensation and personal freedom of Nepali and indeed many other workers in Qatar offer a lot of room for legitimate criticism.
It’s worth noting that not all of these negotiations always end up in concrete agreements.
Indians constitute by far the biggest single nationality in Qatar, numbering at around 650,000 at the end of 2016.
A new manpower agreement with Indonesia envisions a further 24,000 nationals of that country heading for Qatar, expandable to a maximum of 70,000.
Further on, the Pakistani Government seems to be making efforts in trying to get Qatar to allocate more quotas for its nationals, claiming it is training 200,000 people to work in Qatar.