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Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

  • Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

    My name is Abhik and I am 25 years old. Together with my family I live in Chitwan, a very rural and poor region in Nepal. I never went to school, but a neighbor taught me carpentry. My family works in agriculture, but in recent years yields have declined. That is why we decided together that I should try to earn money abroad.

  • Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

    Through an acquaintance I learned about an employment agent. They told me that preparations for the World Cup in 2022 are under way in Qatar and that good money can be earned there fast. However, I had to pay the agency for the transfer to Qatar in advance. My family cannot afford the money, so the agent offered me a loan, but in return for a high double-digit interest rate.

  • Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

    Upon arrival in Doha I was surprised by the high temperatures. Suddenly I realized that I knew nothing about the country and the people. I was immediately given an employment contract, which I did not understand however, as I do not speak Arabic. Nevertheless, I signed the contract and was then transferred to a dirty and overcrowded accommodation.

  • Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

    Shortly thereafter, my pass was withdrawn by the agency, on the grounds that this was only for my own safety. After a one and a half half-hour drive, I arrived at the construction site of the Al Wakrah Stadium, where I realized that I would not be working as a carpenter. Instead, I have to weld together steel wires in dizzying heights without safety precautions and in unbearable heat.

  • Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

    I work day and night in twelve-hour shifts. On the steel beams it is unbearably hot and there is hardly any shade. At the end of the first month I wanted to send my first wage to my family. Then, however, I learned that I would not be receiving my wage, on the grounds that the building contractor was said to be in default with other payments. After the second month I still waited for my money in vain.

  • Abhik and the dream of the football world cup: an example for labor migration

    It was not until the third month that I finally received wages, but only a fraction of what I had been promised in the beginning, and just enough to finance my own life in Qatar. When I broached the subject, I was told that the rest of the money had been withheld in order to cover my rental debts. On April 25, 2015, I received some terrible news: my home region had been hit by a heavy earthquake. I want to travel back to my village to help and I immediately applied for leave, which however was refused by my employer. I thought about leaving, but without a passport, I‘m stuck.

We would like to thank the GIZ Sector Project Migration & Development for providing us with the Stories about Migration and Development for further usage. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF format on the website of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Download: Stories about Migration and Development

There you can also find a selection of links to documents and websites providing further information on migration issues.

BMZ: Migration – Documents and links

June 2017

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