GLOBAL regulation of the
international recruitment industry must be introduced by the UN,
the Anglican Alliance has said, in the wake of allegations about
the abuse of migrant workers involved in building projects for the
World Cup in Qatar.
The Alliance, which works
for international development across the Anglican Communion, is
calling for a crackdown on rogue recruitment agencies. Such bodies
have been known to force people into hard labour and prostitution,
trapping them in virtual slavery by charging extortionate fees.
The Alliance's submission
will be presented at a UN meeting on migration next month. It will
say: "The line between migration and trafficking is increasingly
blurred: what starts as voluntary migration . . . ends in the
misery of sweated labour." In a five-point plan, it is also calling
for action on pay, and on verbal, physical, and sexual abuse.
Its proposals were
published as allegations were being made about migrants workers
from Nepal who are building facilities for the World Cup in Qatar
in 2022. The Guardian reported that dozens of Nepalese
workers had died.
The president of FIFA,
Sepp Blatter, said that he would meet the new Emir of Qatar to
discuss labour conditions, but that he would not threaten to move
The head of Qatar's World
Cup organising committee, Hassan Al-Thawadi, said that the
tournament would not be "built on the blood of innocents", and that
the government was committed to tackling the abuse.
Some 214 million people are migrant workers - the equivalent in
numbers to the fifth biggest country in the world. The Anglican
Alliance says that the biggest concentration is in Qatar, where 87
per cent of workers are estimated to be migrants.