Based on a trilateral treaty signed between the Government of the Slovak Republic, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) 86 refugees from refugee camps in Eritrea and Iran were received in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenné in 2011.
The refugees were given a temporary shelter on the territory of the Slovak Republic before their resettlement to some of the receiving countries. Together 46 Afghan and 40 Somali refugees arrived to Humenne, with 40 refugees successfully resettled to the United States in the same year.
The IOM is responsible for the transportation of the refugees to the Slovak Republic and then to the country of resettlement, as well as for medical examinations and cultural orientation and/or language classes in order to prepare the refugees for a new life in the country of their resettlement.
The activities of IOM in this project are financed by the US Government through its USRAP Program – United States Refugee Admissions Program or by similar programs of other resettlement countries.