On 20 and 21 June 2022, IOM Protection Team delivered a training for the workers of the Centre for Children and Families in Medzilaborce, in Eastern Slovakia, working with unaccompanied minors. Altogether 21 different professionals, mostly tutors of unaccompanied minors took part.

Kristína Lenárt, IOM Slovakia

I joined the International Organization for Migration in April 2022, two weeks after I returned from my volunteering in Ukraine. My desire to make an impact on the lives of people suffering the consequences of the war in Ukraine has brought me where I am today, IOM Slovakia.

IOM provides mental health and psychosocial support to people fleeing the war and currently living in Slovakia. As part of IOM emergency response, altogether 90 people received psychological first aid, individual psychological counselling or participated in group session to date.

On 27 June 2022, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Slovakia delivered first batch of non-food humanitarian aid to secure hygienic needs and dignified living conditions for people from Ukraine who have found temporary shelter at the Accommodation Facility in the town Martin, in the premises of a high school dormitory.

Geneva – More than 5.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their homes in Ukraine while the overall number of internally displaced persons remains high at over 6.2 million, according to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) latest report.

Igor, IOM Slovakia consultant

I see that my skillset can help solving troubles people are facing, so I have decided to invest my free time into something meaningful: support in the field by legal consulting and providing other relevant information related to living here in Slovakia, translations in English, Russian and Slovak for government and non-government entities, data collection.

On 18 June, IOM Slovakia joined UNHCR, state representatives and local NGOs in Košice and Bratislava to commemorate our responsibilities and strengthen our assistance to people who were forced to flee their homes due to conflicts, persecution or natural disasters.

When Yelyzaveta woke up on 24 February and saw on the news that Ukraine had been invaded, the first thing she did was to take out her suitcase. “We didn’t know what to expect, but I wanted to be prepared to leave,” she explains.

In April, IOM Slovakia opened 15 online courses of Slovak language for people from Ukraine with temporary refuge in Slovakia. Furthermore, IOM organizes 10 in-person courses in facilities providing assistance to people fleeing war in Ukraine:at the Gabcikovo Accommodation Facility, at the Slovak-Ukrainian Community House in Bratislava and at the Bottova Assistance Centre in Bratislava.

IOM continuously conducting community workshops on a regular basis at the Gabcikovo Accommodation Facility for displaced youth from Ukraine. They can propose topics of workshops that help them cope with different situations they experience in their daily life; build cooperation, respect, tolerance and overcome stereotypes as well.