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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
While there’s plenty of jingoism in the headline, it does speak to the attitude toward labor that’s leading the development in some of the world’s most rapidly growing tourism economies.
Headline: “Report: Qatar’s World Cup Expected To Take More Lives Than 9/11”
“Qatar is a country without a conscience,” begins the International Trade Union Confederation’s recent report on the working and living conditions of the 1.4 million migrant workers living in Qatar, many of whom are there to build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. After reading through the report, it’s hard to disagree.
The ITUC estimates that 4,000 migrant workers will die before the 2022 World Cup, an estimate based on mortality trends previously reported by embassies within the country.