News and analysis

News and analysis

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