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The World Cup in Qatar, how many deaths?

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“A contemporary slavery is underway to prepare for our greatest entertainment: the Football World Cup », note Quentin Müller and Sebastian Castelier. These two journalists, specialists in the Arabian Peninsula, investigated in Qatar. They met the foreign workers, they saw their working and accommodation conditions. They also went to collect the words of migrants who had returned to the country – in Nepal, India or Kenya –, people “ physically and morally broken “. An investigation published in a book, “Slaves of the oil man” (Marchialy editions, 2022). A few days before the start of the World Cup, and as calls for a boycott multiply, Quentin Müller deciphers how to assess the human toll of this sporting event.

Is it possible to estimate the number of people who died on the construction sites of the World Cup in Qatar?

Quentin Muller The number that comes up often is that put forward by the “Guardian”. In a survey published in 2021, the British daily speaks of 6,750 dead. This figure had the merit of raising awareness and bringing light to the lack of rights and the poor living conditions of workers in Qatar. It has even become a standard for supporters of the boycott of the World Cup. But the accuracy of this figure raises questions. It is undoubtedly understated.

Minored? There were more than 6,750 dead?

This number represents foreign workers who died in

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