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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
The lives and futures of children across South Asia are being torn apart by the Covid-19 crisis. While they may be less susceptible to the virus itself, children are being profoundly affected by the fallout, including the economic and social consequences of the lockdown and other measures taken to counter the pandemic. Decades of progress on children’s health, education and other priorities risk being wiped out. Yet the crisis has also presented opportunities to expose and tackle some of the longstanding challenges facing children in the region, especially those from the most vulnerable communities. With the pandemic expanding rapidly across a region that contains a quarter of the world’s population, UNICEF's Lives Upended report
describes the disastrous immediate and longer-term consequences that
the virus and the measures to curb it have had on 600 million children
and the services they depend on.
Orazio Attanasio; Ranjita Rajan
The pandemic’s impact is unequivocally unequal. This is true for educational opportunity and outcomes as well as other dimensions: the poorest are far more vulnerable to the economic, health and learning support shocks of the pandemic. Furthermore, policies to limit COVID-19’s transmission impose unequal burdens, exacerbating inequality and poverty. This is magnified for the youngest, with the pandemic unleashing large negative spillover impacts for children, and these effects are compounded for those in poorer households. Parenting practices and a stable environment during a child’s early years are critical in determining outcomes in later life. The addition of formal learning becomes vital in later childhood and teenage years for determining life outcomes in adulthood.
Danzhen You; Naomi Lindt; Rose Allen
Millions of children live outside of their country of birth as migrants or refugees or are displaced within their own borders. Facing acute deprivations in their access to school, health care, clean water and protective services, these children are among the most vulnerable populations on the globe. How will COVID-19 impact their precarious existence? This article examines the enormous socioeconomic challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses for children on the move across four dimensions: poverty, survival and health, learning and protection and safety. It also considers how new laws and regulations enacted in response to the pandemic are impacting these children. It then suggests the necessary policies and actions to protect this intensely vulnerable population.
Aurora García Morey; Roxanne Castellanos Cabrera; Jagger Alvarez Cruz (et al.)
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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COVID-19 & Children: Rapid Research Response