Almost 200 Nepalese were killed last year building the infrastructure to enable Qatar to stage the World Cup, according to official documents exposing the scale of the inhumane abuse of migrant workers in the country. The current 2013 death toll, which was revealed on Friday to be 185, was expected to rise further, piling pressure on the 2022 hosts and Fifa to act quickly to improve conditions for construction staff in the Gulf State. At least 382 Nepalese workers have now been confirmed as having died in Qatar in the last two years, with 36 confirmed to have been killed since new allegations emerged about the plight of migrants in the country last September. They were followed in November by the most damning report yet into abuses by employers and the Qatari government, Amnesty International’s “The Dark Side of Migration”. It said 539 had died between 2010 and 2013. That suggested hundreds of migrants may have died, with tens of thousands likely to have been victims of routine abuse — and even human trafficking and forced labour — while building the infrastructure to enable Qatar to stage the World Cup.
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