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Qatar's stranded migrants

Updated 2036 GMT (0436 HKT) November 28, 2013
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Football player Zahir Belounis (right) is welcomed by his mother as he arrives from Qatar at Paris' Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport on November 28, 2013. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
The 33-year-old, here holding one of his two young daughters, had not been able to leave Qatar after he filed a complaint against his club Al-Jaish over a payment dispute. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Belounis had a two-year fight to secure an exit visa, leaving him stranded in the emirate with his wife Johanna and their children. Zahir Belounis
Belounis (right) held talks with French President Francois Hollande in June and claims he had been told he would receive his exit visa on October 21 -- it came more than a month later. Zahir Belounis
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According to United Nations figures it is estimated that 500 new immigrants arrive in the country every day -- many from the Indian sub-continent and Southeast Asia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images/File
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