Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)—According to a new report from the International Labor Organization and UNICEF, the number of children in child labor has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million in the past four years – with millions more at risk due to Effects of the corona virus pandemic.
The report was released ahead of the International Day Against Child Labour, which falls on June 12. The report warns that progress in ending child labor may stall for the first time in 20 years, reversing the previous trend that saw child labor fall by 94 million between 2000 and 2016.
The report notes a significant rise in the number of children aged 5-11 in child labor, who now represent just over half of the global total. The number of children aged 5-17 in hazardous work – defined as work likely to harm their health, safety or morals – has increased by 6.5 million to 79 million since 2016. The report also warns that an additional 9 million children globally are at risk. at risk of being pushed into child labor by the end of 2022 as a result of the pandemic. The simulation shows that this number could rise to 46 million if they did not have access to critical social protection coverage.