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This year’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends provides a comprehensive assessment of current decent work deficits and how these have been exacerbated by multiple, overlapping crises in recent years. It analyses global patterns, regional differences and outcomes across groups of workers. The report provides labour market projections for 2023 and 2024 and presents trends in labour productivity growth, analysing the factors contributing to its decline.
The COVID‑19 crisis exacerbated the numerous labour market challenges generally faced by young people. Between 2019 and 2020, those aged between 15 and 24 years experienced a much higher percentage loss in employment than adults (defined as those aged 25 years and above). Many of them dropped out of the labour force, or failed to enter it altogether, owing to the enormous difficulty of searching for and securing a job at a time when lockdowns and confinement measures were being imposed by many governments and employers suffered massive losses in revenue as a result of business closures. Moreover, steep drops in family income and the switch to distance learning by educational institutions rendered the pursuit of education and training more arduous for many. Consequently, the already high number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) rose even further in 2020.
Rachel Marcus; Amina Khan; Carmen Leon-Himmelstine (et al.)
In recent years, global frameworks such as UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,
the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and
Members of Their Families, and the Global Compact on Refugees, have helped develop
a more supportive legal and policy environment for protecting children on the move. At
the same time, evidence on what works and what does not work in protecting children
on the move, and why, has not been synthesized across a range of groups (refugees,
internally displaced children, migrant children, returnees, children moving with and
without families, and in different settings). This report provides an assessment of the reviewed literature and its key findings, and
Ricardo Paes Mamede; Mariana Pereira ; António Simões
UNICEF Innocenti's Children and COVID-19 Library is a database collecting research from around the world on COVID-19 and its impacts on children and adolescents.
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