Since Qatar was named as host to the fifa world CUP 2022, the country has, under a constant wave of criticism from human rights organisations, have implemented some reforms of the labour market.
In september 2018 adopted legislation to scrap the strongly contested kafala system. Kafala means that the employer acts as a sponsor for the workers, usually from poor countries in Asia, and is responsible for their visa, passport and legal status.
the controversial visumsystemet ceased, according to the UN's international labour organization (ILO). At the end of 2019, the system should officially be "eliminated" for all categories of foreign workers, according to Houtan Homayounpour who is the director of the ILO office in Doha.
Amnesty international noted in a report in February that Qatar has taken important steps to improve the lives of migrant workers. But the reforms promise more than they keep, according to human rights organisation, which then saw the kafala system, which completely abolished.
Thousands of migrant workers have, according to various human rights organisations killed during the huge construction works ahead of the fifa world CUP.