External Media & Reports


Swiss-based trade union to inspect Qatar 2022 World Cup sites,” Reuters, November 15, 2016.

Dennis McCornac and Rong Zhang, “Japan’s Migrant Worker Conundrum,” The Diplomat, November 15, 2016.

Thomas Seal, “Brexit Britain’s Building Plan Comes Undone Without Migrants,” Bloomberg, November 15, 2016.

Outflow of migrant workers drops,” The Himalayan, November 15, 2016.

Nepali worker dies in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadium,” The Kathmandu Post, November 11, 2016.

Peter Walker, “Qatar World Cup 2022: Amnesty Hits out at UK silence on human rights,” The Guardian, November 9, 2016.

Ben Doherty, “Revealed: the systematic exploitation of migrant workers in Australia,” The Guardian, October 28, 2016.

Worker dies in ‘work-related fatality’ at World Cup stadium in Qatar,” Reuters, October 23, 2016.

Undocumented Workers Buy Time to Avail Amnesty in Qatar,” Migrant Rights, October 23, 2016.

Workers protest in Kuwait, teachers promise to strike,” Migrant Rights, October 20, 2016.

Marina Hyde, “Infantino’s jetsetting contrasts grimly with migrant worker’s Fifa case,” The Guardian, October 12, 2016.

As China’s Economy Slows, Migrant Workers Head Home,” Fortune, October 10, 2016.

Olivia Ho, “Workplace Safety in Singapore: 55 deaths and all ‘were preventable,'” The Straits Times, October 9, 2016.

Claire Voon, “Gulf Labor Criticizes Guggenheim’s Silence on Migrant Workers Rights,” Hyperallergic, October 5, 2016.

Worse than Hell’ This is How Indian Migrant Workers Returning from Saudi Recall their Condition,” indiatimes, October 1, 2016.

Indian worker’s suicide in Qatar raises concern over stranded migrants,” hindustan times, September 29, 2016.

Irfan Ahmed, “Migrant Workers in the Gulf Feel the Sting of Falling Oil Prices,” The Wire, September 25, 2016.

Olivia Ho, “Sheena Kanwar of migrant workers’ group Home: She’s at home with fighting inequality,” The Straits Times, September 19, 2016.

ILO launches safe migration project,” Trade Arabia, September 11, 2016.

Raymond Yeung, “Hong Kong’s construction workers can now cool off with new uniform design,” South China Morning Post, September 7, 2016.

Clare Speak, “As Global Temperatures Rise, Workers Face a Health and Safety Nightmare,” Equal Times, September 7, 2016.

India, Philippines rescue stranded Middle East laborers,” Asian Review, August 22, 2016.

“‘Going back empty handed is beyond our imagination’: Stranded Indian Workers’ Cry for Help,” Migrant Rights, August 1, 2016.

Rama Lakshmi, “Thousands of Indian workers stranded in Saudi Arabia without pay or provisions,” The Washington Post, August 1, 2016.

Olivia Ho, “Foreign worker who published book started by scribbling poetry on bags of concrete,” The Straits Times, May 23, 2016.

Lucy Westcott, “Qatar World Cup Migrant Workers Face ‘Forced Labor’: Amnesty,” Newsweek, March 30, 2016.

Alex Wheeler, “China: Unpaid migrant workers forced to sleep at work as economic crisis deepens,” International Business Times, February 5, 2016.

Union alert on migrant worker safety,” The Construction Index, January 21, 2016.

Adam Schreck, “Human Rights Watch offers construction companies guidelines to ensure labor guidelines in the Gulf,” U.S. News & World Report, December 22, 2015.

Angela Teng, “Poetry in Motion: Migrant workers pen thoughts on life away from home,” Channel NewsAsia, December 14, 2015.

Joanna Seow, “Most migrant South Asian workers face mental health issues as they await claims settlement,” The Straits Times, November 4, 2015.

Lesley Walker, “Qatar Ministry Publishes Maps with ‘No Go’ Housing Zones for Workers,” Doha News, October 5, 2015.

Jessica Elgot and Robert Booth, “Zaha Hadid cuts short BBC Today Programme Interview,” The Guardian, September 24, 2015.

Annabel Short and Farah Ismail, “Construction firms in Qatar: Only a handful make serious efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers,” Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. 

Judith Barry and Ken Saylor, “Comment,” The Architect’s Newspaper, August 27, 2015.

Barry Meier, “Labor Scrutiny for FIFA as a World Cup Rises in the Qatar Desert,” The New York Times, July 15, 2015.

Om Astha Rai, “Who is Against Zero-cost Migration and Why?,” Nepali Times, July 10, 2015.

Craig Shaw, Roman Anin, and Lina Vdovii, “Ghosts of Sochi: Hundreds Killed in Olympic Construction,” Radio Free Europe, July 8, 2015.

Zero-cost into Effect,” Nepali Times, July 6, 2015.

Claudia Taranto, “Migrant Workers Stuck in Singapore’s Legal Limbo When Work Permits Are Cancelled,” RN, June 15, 2015.

Michelle Chen, “Qatar’s World Cup Preparations Could Kill as Many as 4,000 Migrant Workers,” The Nation, June 15, 2015.

Anindita Dasgupta and Neeta Singh, “Building ‘Nostalgia’ Communities: South Asian Migrant Workers in Malaysia,” Economic and Political Weekly, June 13, 2015.

Patrick Worrall, “FactCheck: How Many Migrant Workers are Dying in Qatar?Channel 4 News, June 10, 2015.

Mimi Kirk, “The Peculiar Inequality of Singapore’s Famed Public Housing,” The Atlantic City Lab, June 9, 2015.

Christopher Ingraham, “The Toll of Human Casualties in Qatar,” The Washington Post, May 27, 2015.

Mark Hanrahan, “Nepali Minister Blasts Qatar, FIFA, Over Treatment of World Cup Migrant Workers,” International Business Times, May 24, 2015.

Amnesty: Qatar ‘Still Failing’ Migrant Workers,” BBC, May 21, 2015.

Stephen Fottrell, “Qatar Migrant Workers Describe ‘Pathetic’ Conditions,” BBC, May 21, 2015.

Charlotte Glennie, “Singapore is Keeping an Eye on Its Migrant Workers,” BBC, April 14, 2015.

Anjali Kamat, “The Men in the Middle,” Dissent Magazine (Spring 2015).

Rachel Knaebel, “Exploitation of Migrant Workers: The Hidden Face of Germany’s Construction Sites,” Equal Times, March 27, 2015.

Saira Asher, “Singapore’s Construction Worker Poets,” BBC, March 19, 2015.

Foreign Construction Workers Stage Rare Protest in Dubai Over Pay,” The Guardian, March 10, 2015.

Owen Gibson and Pete Pattisson, “Death Toll Among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Workers Revealed,” The Guardian, December 23, 2014.

Saibal Dasgupta, “Global Practices Vary Greatly in Use of Migrant Construction Workers,” Engineering-News Record, December 16, 2014.

Christina Larson, “China’s Migrant Construction Workers Want Their Late Paycheck–and a Real Contract,” Bloomberg Business, December 11, 2014.

Jim Dunton, “Construction Firm to Probe Migrant Workers’ Qatar Claims,” The Architects’ Journal, December 9, 2014.

David Batty, “UN Investigates Claims of Gulf State Abuse of Migrant Workers,” The Guardian, November 29, 2014.

Soumyadeep Banerjee and Meena Poudel, “Money to Work,” My República, November 16, 2014.

Pete Pattisson, “Qatar’s Ambitious Future Driven on by North Korean ‘Forced Labour’,” The Guardian, November 7, 2014.

Paul Goldberger, “Zaha Hadid is Still Wrong About Construction Worker Conditions,” Vanity Fair, August 2014.

Robert Booth and Pete Pattisson, “Qatar World Cup: Migrants Wait a Year to be Paid for Building Offices,” The Guardian, July 28, 2014.

Pete Pattisson, “Nepal’s Crackdown on Migrant Worker Exploitation: More No Go than Pogo?” The Guardian, May 1, 2014.

Michael Malay, “Singapore Needs to Address Its Treatment of Migrant Workers,” The Guardian, April 21, 2014.

Annie Kelly, “Qatar, Dubai and Russia: Construction Industry Must Step Up on Human Rights,” The Guardian, April 14, 2014.

Sherin Wing, “Moral Responsibility, Zaha Hadid and the Al-Wakrah Stadium,” Metropolis Magazine, March 4, 2014.

James Riach, “Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar World Cup Role Following Migrant Worker Deaths,” The Guardian, February 25, 2014.

Aleksandar Vasovic and Maja Zuvela, “For Migrant Workers, Olympic Dream Turns to Nightmare in Sochi,” Reuters, February 5, 2014.

Omer Aziz and Murtaza Hussain, “Qatar’s Showcase of Shame,” The New York Times, January 5, 2014.

Singapore Shocked by Worst Riots in Decades, as Migrant Workers Vent Anger,” The Guardian, December 9, 2013.

Tariq Panja, “Brazil World Cup Seeks Haitian Migrants Amid Worker Shortage,” Bloomberg Business, December 16, 2013.

Muktadir Rashid and Dikshya Singh, “Fraudulent Labour Brokers Fleece Migrant Workers in Bangladesh and Nepal,” Reuters, November 19, 2013.

Brazil World Cup Workers ‘Face Slave-Like Conditions,” BBC, September 26, 2013.

Pete Pattisson, “Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘Slaves’,” The Guardian, September 25, 2013.

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, “Amid Construction Boom, Migrants Flow Into Brazil,” NPR, June 26, 2013.

Nina Burleigh, “Louvre, Guggenheim and NYU Accept Millions From Abu Dhabi but Remain Silent on Human Rights,” Observer, February 20, 2013.

Shibani Mahtani, “Migrant Worker Sit-In Makes Waves in Singapore,” The Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2012.

Ann Lui, “Sustainability of Workers’ Rights,” Archinect, May 23, 2011.

Hsiao-Hung Pai, “Migrant Construction Workers: Overlooked and In Danger,” The Guardian, April 10, 2010.


Amnesty International, “The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Exploitation of Migrant Workers on a Qatar 2022 World Cup Site,” (March 2016).

Human Rights Watch, “Guidelines for a Better Construction Industry in the GCC: A Code of Conduct for Construction Companies,” (December 2015).

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, “Labour Migration and Skills Training,” Policy Brief 7 (December 2015).

International Labour Organization, “ILO global estimates on migrant workers,” (December 2015).

International Labour Organization, Travel Smart – Work Smart: A Guide for Nepali Migrant Workers in the United Arab Emirates,” (June 2015).

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, “Migration and Resilience: Experiences from Nepal’s 2015 Earthquake,” Research Paper 7 (June 2015).

Amnesty International, “Promising Little, Delivering Less: Qatar and Migrant Worker Abuse Ahead of the 2022 Football World Cup,” (May 2015).

Human Rights Watch, “Migrant Workers’ Rights on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates,” (February 2015).

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, “Overseas Assistance for Nepali Migrant Workers Seeking Justice Abroad,” Policy Brief Number 6 (December 2014).

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, “Labor Migration Agents: Regulation, Accountability and Alternatives,” Policy Brief Number 5 (June 2014).

Amnesty International, “The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s Construction Sector Ahead of the World Cup,” (November 2013).

Jill Wells with Bernadine Fernz, “Improving Employment Standards in Construction in Qatar,” (October 2013).

Human Rights Watch, “The Island of Happiness Revisted,” (March 2012).

Amnesty International, “False Promises: Exploitation and Forced Labour of Nepalese Migrant Workers,” (December 2011).

International Trade Union Confederation, “Hidden Faces of the Gulf Miracle,” Number 21 (May 2011).

Human Rights Watch, “‘Are You Happy to Cheat Us?’: Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in Russia,” (February 2009).

Human Rights Watch, “‘One Year of My Blood’: Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in Beijing,” Volume 20, Number 3C (March 2008).

Human Rights Watch, “Building Towers, Cheating Workers: Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in the United Arab Emirates,” Volume 18, Number 8E (November 2006).