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Qatar flew home 10,000 labour abuse victims in 2015

Qatar has an estimated 1.6 million migrant workers, more than 85 per cent of the entire workforce, according to government figures released at the end of 2015Qatar flew home 10,000 workers who were victims of labour abuse during 2015, official government figures have revealed. The number was released by the Gulf state’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs as Qatar announced it had abolished its controversial “kafala” labour system from Tuesday. Human rights groups have long claimed that labour conditions in Qatar, the host of the 2022 football World Cup, leave vulnerable workers open to abuse.

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