The World Cup in Qatar, FIFA and Migrant Workers

November 29

18:15 – 19:30

Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum

Since the selection of Qatar as a host for World Cup, the concerns on the human rights abuses in the country have been part of the controversy surrounding the big event.

The criticism over Qatar has also reached FIFA  and the decision to allow a country with severe humanitarian problems as the host. The political backlash has been addressed from both sides yet, there is a lot that has been obscured on the treatment of migrant workers that aided the construction of the infrastructure that would be used for the world cup.

Ezgil Irgil (PhD) will address the causes and consequences of the humanitarian problems surrunding migrant workers in Qatar and the inseparable link between sports and politics.

Ezgi Irgil is a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs’ Programme for Global Politics and Security (GPS) Ezgi’s work lies at the intersection of global migration governance and public policy, focusing on the political consequences of forced migration.

She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she was working as a Research Assistant at the Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoç).

She received her MA diploma in International Affairs from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and her BA diploma in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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