Qatar: Migrant Workers

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th November 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to the Government of Qatar on ensuring the safety and fair treatment of migrant workers in that country.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We welcome the steps Qatar has taken to date to improve the treatment of its migrant workers. The UK stands ready to further assist and support Qatar's continued efforts to implement the recommended reforms. These reforms take time and the Qatari authorities continue to demonstrate that they are raising standards.

The UK engages regularly with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which opened an office in Qatar in 2018. We continue to explore areas of the ILO's work where the UK can add particular value.

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