COVID-19 and the world of work

Regional and country impact and policies

The latest regional and country research, assessments, guidelines and policy recommendations relating to COVID-19 and the world of work.
  1. Social protection responses to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific: The story so far and future considerations

    19 August 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally shaken societies and economies across the Asia-Pacific region and the world. As some countries begin to enter what is likely to be a long recovery phase, this note, result of a collaborative effort of the United Nations Issue-based Coalition (IBC) for Inclusion and Empowerment, explores how short-term measures can be transformed into comprehensive and shock-responsive social protection system.

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    Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  3. Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  4. COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Cambodia

    07 August 2020

    Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Regional Office for Thailand on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country's responses.

  5. Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Populations and Small-Scale Enterprises in Iraq

    16 July 2020

    The objective of the assessment is to highlight the immediate effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable workers and their households, particularly on issues related to employment, income, economic conditions, and prospects for the immediate future. In addition, the assessment addresses the effects of the pandemic on small-scale enterprises, including how they are adapting to the challenges that the pandemic presents and the implications for their employees.

  6. COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Thailand

    03 July 2020

    Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Country Office for Thailand on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country's responses.

  7. Portugal : Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and labour market

    26 June 2020

  8. COVID-19 employment and labour market impact in Thailand

    15 June 2020

    This report examines in detail how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the labour market in Thailand, making use of the data available at the end of the first quarter 2020.

  9. Experiences of ASEAN migrant workers during COVID-19: Rights at work, migration and quarantine during the pandemic, and re-migration plans

    03 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting labour migration throughout the ASEAN region and globally. In 2019 there were an estimated 10 million international migrants in ASEAN, of whom nearly 50 per cent were women. The ILO undertook a rapid assessment survey, interviewing ASEAN migrant workers from end-March to end-April 2020 about how COVID-19 has impacted them. This brief summarizes the responses of the 309 women and men migrant workers who participated in the survey.

  10. Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (Number 22): The challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

    21 May 2020

    ECLAC and the ILO presented a new joint publication in which they analyze labour challenges in the wake of the pandemic. The organizations indicate that the crisis will likely cause 11.5 million more people to be unemployed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  11. COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Malaysia

    08 May 2020

    Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country responses.