Perhaps it’s a bit premature to include Qatar on this list. After all, it isn't set to host the FIFA World Cup until 2022. But given the level of concern and criticism being expressed eight years out, it’s safe to say it has an uphill battle to fight.
In order to host the global event, 12 stadiums will have to be built in the Arab nation, which is about 1,000 square miles smaller than the state of Connecticut. Three stadiums will be renovated, the other nine will be built from the ground up—construction has not yet begun on any of them.
In September 2013, The Guardian conducted an investigation into the “abuse and exploitation of migrant workers,” estimating the death toll could reach 4,000 by 2022. That, in addition to the $42 billion Qatar is set to spend on construction and infrastructure improvements.
Much of the estimated death toll can be attributed to the extreme heat in the country, which will be a serious issue during the event itself. Summer temperatures range from 86 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit and, while Ben Rumsby of the Telegraph reports there is a “general assumption” the dates will be adjusted, no decisions have been made.