Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East

Return to research Posted on Jan 16 2010

Around 217 Nepali migrant workers lost their lives in Qatar in 2009, according to Nepali Ambassador Surya Nath Mishra. The rapidly-developing Gulf state has long been a favoured destination for Nepali migrant workers, many of whom are employed on construction sites. Cardiac arrest has been named as the leading cause of death among expatriate Nepalis, and is thought to be caused by a mixture of physical exertion in Qatar’s hot weather and emotional strain.

According to data from the Nepali Embassy in Doha for 2009:

40 Nepalis died in traffic accidents

23 in work-related accidents

14 from drowning

9 committed suicide

The rest died from myocardial infection or cardiac arrest

A total of 175 Nepalis died in Qatar in 2008.

The figures provide a morbid snapshot of the risks that migrants from the developing world face when they travel to the Gulf States to undertake low-paid, physical labour.

You can read the original article from the Himalayan Times here.

GCC, Qatar, Research, Workers

3 thoughts on “Qatar a 'Death Trap' for Nepali Migrants

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by nepalmonitor.com, Migrant Rights. Migrant Rights said: Qatar a ‘Death Trap’ for Nepali Migrants http://is.gd/6pMH8 #MigrantRights [...]

  2. [...] Qatar a ‘Death Trap’ for Nepali Migrants Around 217 Nepali migrant workers lost their lives in Qatar in 2009, according to Nepali Ambassador Surya Nath Mishra. This is a rise from the 175 documented cases of death of Nepali nationals in Qatar in 2008. The rapidly-developing Gulf state has long been a favored destination for Nepali migrant workers, many of whom are employed on construction sites. [...]

  3. Friends:We will like to thanks for this effort,The Migrants workers from SAARC Nations and African country facing this problem . In Nepali community it in decreasing order since last five years but yet terrible.over all 48 persons per 100,000 persons including 18 person for cardiac
    arrest.We have no radio to communicate and take measure such as CPR technique, deep breathing exercises etc and majority have no access when emergency occurred to individual..
    No of cpr technician should be increased.Can we help to declear the data related to other nationalities.
    Sacnepal

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Advancing the rights of migrant workers throughout the Middle East