The European Migration Network (EMN) is the EU initiative, aim of which is to meet the information needs of the European Union institutions and its Member States’ and Norway’s authorities by providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum, with a view to support policy-making on national and EU level in these areas. In addition, the EMN also focuses on providing this information to the public..

The legal basis of the EMN is formed by the Council Decision 2008/381/EC of 14 May 2008. The EMN activity is coordinated by the European Commission (namely Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs) in cooperation with the EMN National Contact Points (NCPs) designated by the EU Member States and Norway which are at the same time creating national networks composed of a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

The EMN National Contact Point (EMN NCP) for the Slovak Republic is composed of institutions designated by the Agreement between the Government of the Slovak Republic and International Organization for Migration (IOM) on coordination of the EMN activities of 20 July 2009. These institutions are:

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Office in the Slovak Republic (coordinator of the EMN NCP for the Slovak Republic);
  • Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic (Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Police Corps Presidium, Department of International and European Affairs of the Office of the Minister of Interior);
  • Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic;
  • Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.

The EMN activities in the Slovak Republic are financed by the European Union and by the state budget of the Slovak Republic (chapter Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic) and they include mainly:

  • Preparation of annual policy reports on migration and asylum;
  • Preparation of studies on selected topics in terms of secondary research;
  • Management of the EMN ad-hoc queries mechanism;
  • Building contacts at national and international level.

Contact information:

EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic
International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Office in the Slovak Republic
Grösslingová 35, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia
Tel.: 00421 2 5262 3335
Fax: 00421 2 5263 0093
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All EMN outputs are available on: www.emn.sk; www.ec.europa.eu/emn.

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The main EMN activities in 2019 are as follows:

Exchange of information through EMN ad-hoc queries system

The ad-hoc queries system serves the EMN National Contact Points and the European Commission in order to quickly obtain information on migration and international protection topics, such as e.g. legal migration, irregular migration, borders, returns, visas etc. Responses to ad-hoc queries are compiled into comparative compilations of all the responses from the EU Member States and Norway. The compilations are published in thematic categories on the EMN central website.

Preparation of studies, policy briefs and annual reports

The EMN focuses on collecting, analysing and providing the existing information and data. Every year it prepares the Annual Reports on Migration and Asylum, which describe the most important developments of the policies and legislation, on-going public debates about migration and asylum in the respective Member States and at the EU level and provide an overview of selected statistical data. The EMN also prepares studies and policy briefs on topics specifications of which are set by the European Commission in cooperation with EMN National Contact Points (NCPs) based on the relevance of topics to policy-makers at national and European level. Based on the national reports and studies prepared by the EMN NCPs the European Commission prepares synthesis reports which summarize the main findings.

In 2019, the EMN is working on the following studies and annual reports*:

  • Comparative overview of national protection statuses in the EU and Norway
  • Migratory pathways for start-ups and innovative entrepreneurs in the EU
  • Pathways to citizenship in the EU Member States and Norway
  • The nexus between migration and threat to national security
  • Annual Report on Migration and Asylum 2018

* The titles of the studies are preliminary.

Preparation of EMN Informs

The EMN Informs are focused on a particular issue and contain key findings and conclusions from reports, studies or EMN ad-hoc queries for policy-makers.

Preparation of quarterly EMN Bulletin

The EMN Bulletin informs about actual situation, outputs and statistics in the fields of migration, integration and international protection at EU and Member State level.

Extension of EMN Asylum and Migration Glossary

The EMN translation and expository Glossary encompasses terms and definitions on migration and international protection in 23 European languages including Slovak. The Glossary contains more than 450 terms and is regularly updated. This year, EMN continues to prepare the Slovak version of the dictionary. The Glossary is available in the printed format, as an online publication on the European Commission website and as a free mobile application for Android.

EMN Return Expert Group

In 2014, the Return Expert Group (REG) was established within the EMN structure with the aim to exchange information and good practice between the European Commission, the EU Member States and Norway in the area of returns and reintegration of irregular migrants in their countries of origin after return. The group took over the agenda of the Voluntary Return European Network (VREN).

EMN Statelessness Platform

The EMN Statelessness Platform established on 20 May 2016 based on the Justice and Home Affairs Council conclusions. This platform intends to bring the exchange of information and good practices, raise awareness regarding this phenomenon and to bring all the relevant stakeholders in the field together.

Immigration Portal

The EMN also supports and contributes to the updates of the EU Immigration Portal. Portal provides practical information to third-country nationals wishing to work, study, do research in the EU or reunite with ones family in the EU.

Networking at national and at European level

Within this agenda the EMN regularly organises various events with the expert and the lay public, in the Slovak Republic for instance conferences, expert and educational seminars, working breakfasts, presentation meetings. At European level the EMN cooperates with international organisations, agencies and other institutions working in the area of migration and asylum. Among these are the EU agencies – EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and FRONTEX as well as Eurostat, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) and European Integration Network (EIN).

During the year 2019 the EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic plans to hold number of expert meetings (e.g. with the representatives of the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Police Corps Presidium, etc.), working breakfasts and the EMN educational seminar. At European level the Slovak Republic will participate in regular coordination meetings in Brussels organised by the European Commission, as well as in cluster meetings and conferences organised by the National Contact Points in other EU Member States.

Regular and updated information on the EMN activities in the Slovak Republic can be obtained through EMN e-newsletter or through the website www.emn.sk.

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