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Hundreds of migrant workers employed in the construction of the 2022 Fifa World Cup infrastructures in Qatar die every day, human rights groups have warned.Getty Images

At least one migrant worker involved in the construction of the 2022 World Cup infrastructure in Qatar dies every day.

Nepalese migrants die at a rate of one every two days, a Guardian report revealed, and figures including deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers are likely to make the death rate of "more than one every day".

According to Nepalese authorities, at least 188 workers died in Qatar from January to November 2014, and in the same time frame last year, the death toll was of 168.

A DLA Piper report released in April 2014 in order to clarify allegations regarding the conditions of migrant workers, showed that at least 964 workers from Nepal, India and Bangladesh died while working in Qatar in 2012 and 2013.

"We recommend that the State of Qatar adopt a comprehensive set of worker welfare standards setting out the minimum mandatory requirements for all public contracting authority construction projects in Qatar," the report read.

"We recommend that immediate steps are taken to demonstrate the importance placed on health and safety standards by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

"We also recommend that the State of Qatar responds promptly to any outstanding ILO [International Labour Organisation] requests for the provision of documentation or other information in compliance with Qatar's reporting obligations."

The report came a few weeks after the UN criticised Qatar for the appalling working conditions they are subjected to.

The ILO urged the country, who is employing hundreds of workers for the expansive building projects in the run up to the 2022 World Cup, to review the so-called "guest worker" system.

Migrant workers are often paid late and, in some instances, they are not paid at all and do not have anyone who represents them.

The ILO urged Qatar to "ensure without delay, access to justice for migrant workers, so that they can effectively assert their rights [...] strengthening the complaints system and the labour inspection system".

Human Rights Watch warned that hundreds of migrant workers are at risk of exploitation and abuse in Qatar and urged the government and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to commit to guaranteeing basic rights to workers.

Amnesty International said that foreign workers, in particular domestic workers, have their passports confiscated as soon as they enter the country, they work long hours with little pay and no days off, and are often subjected to physical and sexual abuse.

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