BBC: Lives improved as workers flock to Qatar
The plight of migrant workers in Qatar is common fuel for debate amongst expats and nationals, and with good reason.
But in a change of pace, the BBC has taken a step back from the big picture, telling the stories of individuals whose lives have improved because they work in Qatar.
For lower-paid workers, Qatar offers something life in Asia or Africa cannot, namely a job, regular income and the ability to support a family back home. For white-collar workers, Qatar offers better career prospects, higher salaries and tax-free living…
Dhan Baruwal is from Nepal, and came to Qatar when he was just 18.He began life here as an unskilled labourer, but has now worked his way up to become utilities supervisor on a construction site in Doha…
Like most migrant workers, Mr Baruwal, now 24, is supporting his family back home.Two younger sisters and a brother are going to school thanks to his regular cash transfers home, and his parents – who as teachers earn very small salaries – are being supported too.
Check out a video of expats telling their stories and read the full story here.
And of course, please share your thoughts!
What brings you to Qatar? What keeps you here?