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Participating nations to discuss plight of migrant workers

Participating nations to discuss plight of migrant workers

The Football Association is working with federations in other countries to identify the best way to shine a light on the plight of migrant workers in Qatar, the World Cup host nation.

Amnesty International called on World Cup organisers to earmark at least $440 million to support projects to compensate the families of migrant workers in the Gulf state who have died and to reimburse others forced to pay recruitment fees to work.

The FA also wants the money, which Amnesty says is equivalent to the prize fund allocated to the competing nations, to support future efforts to protect workers’ rights.

FA chief executive, Mark Bullingham, said representatives from the national associations of the countries who had qualified for the finals were travelling to Qatar at the weekend to discuss human rights issues.

“We are looking at two things: first, what is the legacy programme, and second, what is any symbolic gesture we would collectively like to make.

“We would hope to be able to give an update on that after we’ve spoken to the players in the wake of that workshop,” he said.

Amnesty made a specific call on the England team to support remediation efforts for migrant workers.

The FA chair, Debbie Hewitt, said if there was a positiveness to come from a World Cup held in Qatar, it was the opportunity to give the migrant workers their voice.

(dpa/NAN)

Source: Peoples Gazette.

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