COVID-19

News and analyses

COVID-19

News and analyses

News on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published:
18 December 2020
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Migration
Bilateral agreement
COVID-19
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

As we mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, we put attention on how the COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy toll on migrant workers around the globe. A recent report by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) outlined how

Published:
2 December 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Pensions
Unemployment
Difficult to cover group
Social assistance
COVID-19

Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing gaps in social security coverage. The crisis' impact is particularly severe in low- and middle-income countries where many workers, especially those in the informal sector, have no access to any form of social protection. The crisis prompted

Published:
27 November 2020
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Unemployment
Employment policies
COVID-19

In Europe, the second wave of the coronavirus has since September prompted the re-introduction of social distancing measures, restrictions to economic activity, telework, curfews and lockdowns. Without certainty on the duration of the health crisis and its knock-on effects on the economy

Published:
18 November 2020
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Difficult to cover group
Bilateral agreement
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed work arrangements. Teleworking has been introduced or expanded around the world to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace. This has also affected frontier workers in the European Union (EU). As they normally work in one country and reside in

Published:
7 October 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Italy was one of the countries most affected by COVID-19 during the first semester 2020. In addition to a generalized lockdown starting on 10 March, wide-reaching social security measures to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis were implemented. Two early decrees

Published:
18 September 2020
Topic:
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19
ISSA institution

On 10 September 2020, G20 labour and employment ministers met virtually to discuss the impact of, and necessary responses to, the COVID-19 crisis. Social protection was one of four priority areas highlighted in the declaration from the meeting. The ministers emphasized the need to work closely with

Published:
17 July 2020
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

To mitigate the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis, a significant number of countries have introduced temporary cash transfers to population groups in, or at risk of, poverty. These payments have responded to the specific needs of these vulnerable groups who are immediately affected by a reduction

Published:
9 July 2020
Region:
North Africa
Topic:
Governance and administration
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

North African countries reacted quite swiftly to the spread of the coronavirus. They declared national states of emergency, imposed widespread lockdowns and closed their borders from the very first cases of infection. Systems for testing and systematically monitoring confirmed cases were also put in

Published:
2 July 2020
Topic:
Migration
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy toll on migrant workers around the globe, who are particularly vulnerable in terms of social protection coverage, and assistance is required from origin, transit and destination countries. While the specific type of support is linked to various factors, most

Published:
19 June 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Malta implemented early measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and flatten the curve. Preparedness, physical isolation and quarantine, alongside a comprehensive programme of testing and contact tracing, allowed Malta to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In addition to these public health

Published:
8 June 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Social security measures have played a key role to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of COVID-19 in France. A comprehensive package of social security responses was launched when health emergency was declared on 16 March.

Published:
29 May 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

A series of substantial measures have been taken in the Argentine Republic in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Of particular note among these are the financial bolstering of social security benefits, the strengthening of institutions’ digital customer-service channels and the launch of measures to

Published:
15 May 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

In Spain, the government introduced a significant number of social security measures to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of COVID-19. The National Social Security Institute (INSS) and the General Treasury of Social Security (TGSS) have played a key role in implementing these measures

Published:
8 May 2020
Topic:
Governance and administration
ICT
Service quality
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

The current COVID-19 crisis has disrupted customer services in social security institutions worldwide. Institutions had to rapidly adapt their service delivery approaches to ensure the continuity of social security services while reducing personal interactions to a minimum. Furthermore, in the

Published:
30 April 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

In the People’s Republic of China, social security measures were an important component of the government’s emergency response in the context of COVID-19. The combination of adaptations to social security contributions and benefits with adjustments to operational processes and service delivery

Published:
24 April 2020
Topic:
Family benefits
Social assistance
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Families and children are among the population groups heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and social security systems have responded rapidly to meet their specific needs.

Published:
24 April 2020
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

On the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) wants to pay tribute to all the courageous health workers who risk their lives to save others during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Published:
9 April 2020
Topic:
Employment
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

The self-employed are a key pillar of economic activity in many countries. While often belonging to lower income groups, their social security protection is usually significantly less comprehensive than the one provided to employees. Due to the coronavirus crisis, many governments have taken

Published:
2 April 2020
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Worldwide almost 2.4 million people die due to an occupational disease, compared to 0.38 million that die because of a work accident. Insurance covering occupational diseases is an important pillar of social security and a safety net to all workers who may be exposed to chemical, physical or

Published:
24 March 2020
Topic:
Contribution Collection and Compliance
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

As part of emergency measures to support companies in the context of the dramatically decreasing economic activity due to the coronavirus, many governments and social security institutions have temporarily postponed or reduced social security contribution obligations. The major objective of such

Published:
20 March 2020
Topic:
Health
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Cash sickness benefit schemes have historically been among the first social security measures put in place. As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, such schemes are receiving renewed attention, and governments are expanding them significantly.

Published:
4 March 2020
Topic:
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

In light of the impact of COVID-19, the new coronavirus, on regional and global economic outlooks, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) highlights the key role played by social security in reducing the related social and economic impact. Calling for preparation for an increased need