Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects

Patsaravalee Tanakitvibulpon, a civil engineering student, fears she will never match the living standard of her mother. Photo: Vijitra Duangdee

The Covid‑19 pandemic is upending the economic futures of young people across the Asia-Pacific.

As economies across the region plunge into their worst recessions in generations, workers in their 20s and 30s are facing the brunt of lay-offs as workplaces shed employees on a last-in, first-out basis. Read more (South China Morning Post)

  • Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come
  • In India, the Philippines, Thailand and elsewhere, the story is much the same – no jobs, no income, no future

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