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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 and reintegration assistance to trafficked persons, operates National Anti-Trafficking Helpline 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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Vacancy Notice – Expert Search – Elaboration of EMN study on unaccompanied minors

International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Slovak Republic as a coordinator of the European Migration Network (EMN) National Contact Point is seeking a short-term expert or team of experts for the purpose of elaboration of the EMN study on Policies, practices and data on unaccompanied minors in 2014 – contribution of the Slovak Republic. Interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae as well as list of publications by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , till 31 July 2014. Further information can be found here: Terms of Reference.

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EMN Educational Seminar on Forced Migration – Causes and Possible Solutions to be held in Bratislava

International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point in the Slovak Republic is organizing educational seminar entitled Forced Migration – Causes and Possible Solutions with expert lectures and discussions with professionals. The seminar will take place in Bratislava on 19 – 21 August 2014. 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 forced migration issues.

The registration has been closed. In case you would like to participate in selected lectures, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Humanitarian Transfer of Refugees and Persons of Concern to UNHCR through the Slovak Republic: Temporary Shelter for 33 new refugees

International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the Government of the Slovak Republic and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) organizes humanitarian transfer of another 33 Somali and Ethiopian refugees. The group consists of women and families with children who had to leave their homes due to ongoing conflicts and risk of persecution and fled to Yemen. They were granted international protection there and in May 2014 IOM transferred them to Slovakia which provided them with a temporary shelter. This is already a third group of refugees from Yemen, who were temporarily admitted to Slovakia based on the trilateral agreement between the Slovak government, IOM and UNHCR.

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Social Workers Trained in the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings are Helping Communities in Eastern Slovakia

In May 2014 IOM educated 24 field social workers in the prevention of trafficking in human beings (THB). During the two-day workshop "Training of Trainers" lecturers from IOM introduced current trends in THB and their experience with the assistance to Slovak citizens who became victims of this crime. These victims come mainly from Eastern Slovakia, which is also where the workshop participants work. An important part of the workshop was a training of preventive activities that the workers can use in their work with communities and in passing information and skills in the field of prevention of THB to their colleagues.

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All the world came to Stará tržnica, Migration Information Centre IOM also participated

During the second weekend of April, Nedeľná paráda (The Sunday Parade) took place in Bratislava´s Stará tržnica (Old Market Hall) as an accompanying event of the multi-genre festival fjúžn. In addition to concerts, circus workshop or theatre performance, migrant communities living in Slovakia also contributed to the great atmosphere. They were offering their traditional meals and information on their countries of origin at the Multicultural Market. At the Market visitors could try food specialities from Brazil, Iran, Ghana, or Kazakhstan and get to know cultures and traditions of these countries. The Market Hall was crowded with visitors, you can visit the photogallery from the event here.

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Film on Migration and Migrants´Life in Slovakia

The new documentary film We Are at Home Here highlights the attitudes of Slovak public towards migrants and through personal stories of migrants from different countries as well as the well-founded data presents the life of migrants and the reality of migration in Slovakia.

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Publications

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Migrant Access to Social Security and Healthcare in the Slovak Republic: Policies and Practice

The study deals with the political and legislative framework regulating the participation of third-country nationals in Slovakia´s social security system, their access to various social security benefits and healthcare, and related administrative procedures. Three case studies provide an overview of the way of applying for the respective types of benefits and procedures related to the granting of them. The study was prepared in the framework of the European Migration Network. English language.

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