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South Asian migrant workers wary of life after FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Workers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka helped build many of Qatar's eight stadiums, and to fill them for the matches

Migrant workers watch a World Cup match in Doha (Photo: Reuters)

Migrant workers watch a World Cup match in Doha (Photo: Reuters)

Rasheed celebrated Argentina’s World Cup win by singing and dancing with dozens of other South Asian workers with a double landmark on his mind. Sunday was also International Migrants Day.
“Messi, Messi Messi,” they chanted in a corner of Souq Waqif, the central market in the Qatari capital Doha where hordes of foreign fans have gathered throughout the World Cup.
“At first they laughed at us as ‘fake fans’ but I think they have come to accept us now,” said Rasheed, who wore a t-shirt with the word “rights” written across the front. He could not give his full name

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First Published: Dec 19 2022 | 10:58 PM IST

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