International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading international, inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. It acts in accordance with the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and society. IOM has been active in Slovakia since 1996 where it continuously implements various projects and activities in the areas of migrant integration, assisted voluntary returns, counter trafficking, resettlement of migrants and coordination of the European Migration Network activities.
News & Events
Temporary Shelter to Another 66 Refugees in the Programme of Humanitarian Transfer of Refugees and Other Persons of Concern Recognized by UNHCR through the Slovak Republic
- 24 September 2015
In September 2015 the Slovak Republic provided a temporary shelter on its territory to 66 Somali refugees from Eritrea. IOM transferred the refugees to Slovakia where they are temporarily accommodated in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne. The families were forced to flee their home country due to ongoing conflicts and fear for their own lives. Because many of them were stranded for years in refugee camps without hope of returning home, they were provided international protection and later chosen for resettlement to a third country. After years of uncertainty such a solution enables them to start their lives again in safe conditions.
- 23 September 2015
More than 60 employees of public administration and representatives of academia, non-profit sector, media and foreign embassies took part in the educational seminar entitled Irregular Migration – Borders and Human Rights organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of the European Migration Network (EMN) National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic in Bratislava on 25 – 27 August 2015.
- 20 August 2015
Check out the brand new issue of the IOM Slovakia Newsletter 01/2015 01/2015 with invitations to interesting events and news about achievements of IOM. If you wish to receive the IOM Slovakia Newsletter directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe here: http://iom.sk/en/subscribe-to-iom-bratislava-newsletter.
- 19 August 2015
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing's message for World Humanitarian Day (19 August): "Picture a scene at International Aid Headquarters in Erbil Iraq: A family has been waiting for hours in the hot sun. They need some basic information about the “who, when where” of an aid distribution…but communication has broken down, because the guard is unable to help. He doesn’t know how to engage upward to his superiors to find an answer, nor directly to the needy—and that is how missions fail to meet their goals."
On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, IOM calls for renewed commitment against exploitation and trafficking
- 30 July 2015
Geneva, July 30, 2015 – Citing a new study, “Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis”, International Organization for Migration Director General William Lacy Swing called the exploitation and trafficking of victims, a growing phenomenon in a world awash in conflict and natural disasters.
“Trafficking in persons not only flourishes during a disaster, it is a direct result of disasters, every bit as much as the infrastructural damages, the loss of life or the food shortages which garner far more attention,” said Ambassador Swing.