Migrant laborers take a lunch break on a construction site in Doha in Qatar. AFP / KARIM JAAFAR
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As a migrant worker from Bangladesh, Sharif should be happy about Qatar's labor reforms, put in place to protect people like him.However, campaigners have broadly welcomed Qatar's labor reforms as a sign it is cracking down on worker exploitation ahead of the World Cup, which it has presented as a showcase of its progress and development.COMPENSATIONOn the ground, not all the country's nearly 2 million foreign workers believe the changes will be enough to protect them from exploitation.It is illegal to charge recruitment fees to work in Qatar, and the country's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – responsible for planning and operations for the World Cup – has said some stadium workers who paid them will be compensated. An investigation funded by the body last year found hundreds of Asian workers had paid recruitment fees of up to $3,800 for jobs building World Cup stadiums.Dinesh, who has worked in construction in Qatar for 11 years, said safety standards had improved, and he was now paid monthly instead of every four months.
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