Integration of migrants

The IOM Migration Information Centre provides third country nationals with free counselling and services in order to facilitate their integration in Slovakia.

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Assisted Voluntary Returns and Reintegrations

Within the framework of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme, IOM helps unsuccessful asylum seekers and foreigners who reside in Slovakia irregularly and decide to return home with their return and reintegration.

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Counter-Trafficking in Human Beings

IOM in the field of counter-trafficking provides return assistance to trafficked persons and implements preventive and educational activities for capacity building of relevant stakeholders.

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European Migration Network

IOM is the coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point in the Slovak Republic. The EMN provides up-to-date, objective and comparable information on migration and asylum at Member State and EU-level with a view to supporting policymaking.

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Humanitarian transfer of refugees

IOM is responsible for the transportation, medical examinations, cultural orientation and language courses which are provided to the refugees under the protection of UNHCR who were given a temporary shelter by the Slovak Republic on its territory.

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About IOM

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.

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News & Events

On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, IOM calls for renewed commitment against exploitation and trafficking

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.


30 July: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

CRISIS SITUATIONS ARE LABORATORIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, says Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

"When disaster strikes, the humanitarian community rushes to respond. We mobilize resources, activate response mechanisms, send doctors, search and rescue teams, logisticians, counsellors, engineers, equipment, tarpaulins, food, medicine and water. All the paraphernalia of an emergency response, swings into action, to conflict zones, natural calamities, or man-made disasters."


EMN is preparing Educational Seminar on Irregular Migration – Borders and Human Rights

International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of the European Migration Network (EMN) National Contact Point in the Slovak Republic is organizing educational seminar entitled Irregular Migration – Borders and Human Rights. The seminar will take place in Bratislava on 25 – 27 August 2015. Educational seminar is aimed at professionals working in the Slovak state and public institutions, academic field as well as non-governmental organisations who are interested in irregular migration issues.Further information about the seminar and its programme can be found at www.emn.sk.

The registration of participants has been closed.


Capacity Building of Public Sector Representatives

From 2010 until May 2015, International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivered 24 trainings and 17 workshops for experts from the Slovak public administration institutions which provide services to third country nationals. More than 500 participants gained skills in intercultural communication and knowledge in the field of migration and migrant integration in Slovakia. The aim of the capacity building is to help improve the services for the migrants from non-EU countries as well as the cooperation of participating institutions. The participants of ten of the workshops were involved in the Information Days for Migrants. Migrants from 22 non-EU countries took advantage of this free counselling at one place. More information on the project and its results.


Annual Report on Migration and Asylum Policies in the Slovak Republic in 2014

The Report provides information on development in legislation and policies in the field of migration and asylum, legal migration and mobility, international protection including asylum, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups as well as irregular migration and smuggling in the Slovak Republic in 2014. Besides, it analyses the measures in countering human trafficking, migration and its impact on the development of countries and returns of third country nationals. Part of the report is a statistical overview of legal and irregular migration as well as unaccompanied minors. The Annual Report is available in Slovak and English language.


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IOM helps migrants even after their return home

This documentary film tells the story of a Vietnamese migrant who found himself in Slovakia in a hopeless situation. IOM assisted him with his return to Vietnam. Even after his return home IOM provided him with reintegration support, which helped him to pursue farming as means of earning living for his family. More stories.

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EMN Asylum and Migration Glossary in 23 languages

The third edition of the multilingual dictionary in the area of migration and asylum contains more than 400 expert terms in 23 European languages including Slovak. The Glossary is designed for professionals from state and public administration, policy makers, lawmakers, researchers, academics, journalists and other experts dealing with the topic of migration and asylum. It is prepared by EU Member States, Norway and the European Commission. The Glossary is available also as an interactive tool.

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