Qatar has introduced significant labor reforms allowing migrant workers to change jobs without employer permission and setting a higher and non-discriminatory minimum wage. However, the reforms have proven to be woefully inadequate in protecting workers’ rights and are poorly enforced. Migrant workers continue to face wage abuses and exorbitant recruitment fees. Migrant worker deaths are rarely investigated, and families of deceased migrant workers often do not receive compensation from employers. Despite the global scrutiny brought by the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the call for FIFA and Qatari authorities to remedy serious abuses against migrant workers, the tournament ended without compensation, including to families of deceased migrant workers who made the tournament possible. Some male guardianship policies and discriminatory laws against women continue. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals continue to face discrimination.

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