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Recruiters Hoping To Send Workers to Qatar

A foreign worker climbs scaffolding at the Al-Wakra Stadium that is under construction for the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar, May 4, 2015.

Cambodian recruitment agencies say they are waiting for final approval from the Ministry of Labor that would allow them to start sending workers to Qatar.

The Middle Eastern country is to host the World Cup in 2022, opening a potential labor opportunity for Cambodian workers, but recruiters say they don’t have permission to do so yet.

Qatar has been criticized for poor human rights and labor conditions for workers, many who migrate there from Asia.

Ung Seang Rithy, head of the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies said she was unsure they will have permission to send workers there. Qatar job opportunities pay less than Thailand, she said.

Still, Cambodians have already started applying, according to the Korean-owned KCTC Manpower Supply Co.

Officials from the Ministry of Labor could not immediately be reached for comment.