Hundreds Of Migrant Workers Have Died Since Qatar Won The World CupBarry Petchesky2/21/14 4:52pmFiled to: qatar2022 world cupsoccerappic471EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkFigures obtained by the Guardian and confirmed by the Indian embassy state that there have been 717 deaths among Indians working in Qatar since the Gulf nation was awarded the 2022 World Cup in December 2010. That's just the tip.AdvertisementAdd to that the reported 400 Nepalese workers who have died on the job in Qatar. Together, those two countries provide an estimated 38 percent of the 1.2 million migrant workers currently in Qatar, so you do the math—our headline wouldn't have been out of place in using "thousands."It is impossible to say how many of the deaths are directly related to stadium construction—though the Guardian's analysis of official lists suggest that "more than two-thirds died of sudden heart failure or workplace accidents." (Heart failure is a catch-all cause of death that human rights organizations believe is used to cover up more sinister explanations.)AdvertisementThe head of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee said this week that the death rates among foreign workers are "normal."International activists have long been banging the gong on the plight of migrant workers in Qatar, many of them working long hours for little pay and in squalid conditions to build nine stadiums and renovate three more in time for the World Cup. Often heavily in debt already, the workers are paid below a living wage and stay in labor camps that can cram 12 men into a room. Some have been reduced to begging for food while not working.