Activities of the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) as of 31 December 2018
MIC is a counselling centre of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia, whose main objective is to promote integration of migrants in Slovakia. It has been providing its services since 2006. MIC is the first and unique information centre in Slovakia that provides comprehensive services to foreigners at one place. MIC services include legal, social and vocational counselling, retraining and further education, inclusion in the labour market and support of community life of foreigners.
During its operation, MIC has provided free legal, social and labour counselling to 22,193 clients and their families in the main fields of life in Slovakia, such as residence, family, employment, business, education, citizenship and so on.
MIC’s clients come from more than 160 countries, however most from Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, India, Iran and the US.
During this period MIC has provided 38,443 personal, e-mail or telephone consultations by mean of the information helpline 0850 211 478. Another unique source of information and advice in various fields of life and residence of migrants in Slovakia is also MIC’s website, which has been since 2006 sought by more than 1,118,930 users.
The Visa Check web application provides information to foreigners from any country of the world who plan to come to Slovakia if they need visa to enter the country and what kind of residence permit is required if they want to study, work or do business in Slovakia. Since 2017 the application has been used by 5,352 persons from 181 countries, mostly from Ukraine, India, the US, Russia and Serbia.
Since 2012 MIC has been organizing days of specialized counselling to foreigners, so-called One-Stop Shops. This model of integrated counselling allows foreigners to arrange their agenda and to obtain information at one place, from the staff of several institutions. By 2017 MIC had organized 26 One-Stop Shops in Bratislava and in Kosice and received a positive feedback. Complex counselling was used by 416 foreigners from more than 30 countries.
MIC supports foreigners in obtaining education, increasing their qualifications or retraining and organizes free open Slovak language courses and courses in social and cultural orientation with information on various aspects of life in Slovakia – activities that facilitate integration of foreigners into the society. Since 2011, Slovak language courses in Bratislava and Košice, have been attended by 6,749 foreigners and courses of social and cultural orientation by 1,189 foreigners. Additional 647 clients received support for further education and for a retraining course.
The Centre cooperates with cultural mediators – representatives of foreigner associations and communities in Slovakia. With the support of the Centre, they organize events through which they introduce the culture of the country of their origin to the public, support social life of the community, help their fellow countrymen and create space for mutual understanding of communities and the majority society. Since 2006, cultural mediators, with the support of MIC, have organized 179 multicultural and community information meetings for 13,893 people.
More information on: www.mic.iom.sk
The results of training and capacity building of professionals (Strengthening of intercultural skills and regional cooperation of professionals working with migrants in the Slovak Republic) as of 31 May 2015
From 2010 to 2015, IOM trainings and the follow-up workshops on migration, intercultural skills and regional cooperation, have been attended by more than 510 employees of the state and public administration, who work with migrants in the Slovak Republic. Participants acquire skills in intercultural communication, knowledge in the field of migration and integration of migrants in Slovakia, which may be utilised when working with migrants and to strengthen the cooperation between the institutions.
Migration Information Centre to Support Integration of Migrants in Slovakia (phase IX, Individual Project). The project is co-funded by the European Union from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Home Affairs Funds.
Following IOM activities in the area of migrant integration – the project Migration Information Centre to Support Integration of Migrants in Slovakia (phase VII – Individual project) and the project Enhancing Intercultural Competencies and Regional Cooperation of Professionals working with Migrants in the Slovak Republic V (Individual project) – are co-financed by the European Union from the European Fund for Integration of Third-Country Nationals. Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows.