Families of migrant workers

Children ‘left behind’ by migrant workers at the construction sites for Mega Sporting Events are at risk of physical and psychological harm. The labour rights of those building event-required infrastructure has received significant international attention, but the impact on families ‘left behind’ receives virtually no coverage.  Some insight into this impact is provided by Amnesty International’s research with migrant workers in Qatar which highlights, for example, how the non-payment of salaries may lead to a left-behind family’s inability to buy basic necessities or pay rent, mortgages or school fees. This research also suggests that as a result of the financial hardship created the affected families may experience harassment by money lenders or be forced to sell personal belongings.