Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

North Macedonia

North Macedonia
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, North Macedonia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government amended the Labor Relations Act to prohibit children under the age of 15 or those who have not completed compulsory education from working, except under limited circumstances. Additionally, funding was sufficient for both labor and criminal law enforcement to combat child labor, and the National Coordination Body for Protection of Children from Abuse and Neglect was reconstituted. However, children in North Macedonia engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced begging and commercial sexual exploitation. The law’s minimum age protections do not apply to children who are self-employed or working outside formal employment relationships. In addition, labor inspectors are unevenly distributed across the country, causing some businesses to be inspected more than others.

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