Migrant Workers, Employment Practices, and Human Rights: A Case Study of Ethical Issues Affecting International Business in Qatar

16 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2014

Date Written: February 19, 2014

Abstract

Qatar is a nation diminutive in size, yet gigantic in wealth. It seems that such riches would bring prosperity and lifestyles not commonly found in the world. However, these riches pose unique problems and challenges for Qatar. The relatively small native population cannot, and often will not, fill the employment needs of this aggressively developing nation. Therefore, the vast majority of the workforce in Qatar is immigrant labor. These workers enjoy none of the rights and privileges of native Qatari citizens. In fact, these immigrant workers often face exploitation, human rights violations, and abuse at the hands of Qatari employers. With the world focused on Qatar as the site of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Games, the issue of immigrant worker human rights violations is center stage. Qatar must address these human rights issues if it is to gain respect and cooperation from the nations of the world and advance its agenda to become a premier nation.

Keywords: Migrant Workers, Employment Practices, Human Rights, International Business

JEL Classification: F22, J11, J15, J24, J31, J61, N35, N45

Suggested Citation

Werema, Gilbert, Migrant Workers, Employment Practices, and Human Rights: A Case Study of Ethical Issues Affecting International Business in Qatar (February 19, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2398689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2398689

Gilbert Werema (Contact Author)

Texas Womans University ( email )

304 Administration Drive
Denton, TX 76204
United States

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