Workers employed on construction projects in Qatar in the lead up to the 2022 World Cup may now be more at risk than ever following the government’s decision to scrap the foreign worker sponsorship system in that country, a senior policy advisor within a respected engineering non-for-profit organisation says.

In a blog entry last week, Engineers Against Poverty Senior Policy & Research Advisor Dr Jill Wells acknowledged the work of human rights organisations in exposing worker abuses in Qatar, but warned that workers may be worse off still following the dumping of the kafala (sponsorship) system unless new measures…