On 7 June 2022, IOM delivered the first module of trainings focused on human trafficking to employees of Slovak NGO Human Rights League (HRL). They provide legal counselling to Ukrainian refugees at the Bottova Assistance Centre in Bratislava.

On 8 June 2022, at the Career Expo Kosice event, International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided information on the Slovak labour market to more than 50 Ukrainian citizens who were interested in finding a job. They were also provided with crucial legal counselling about employment according to the Slovak law.

At the beginning of May, IOM organized two Be Safe workshops for 11 to 16 years old children and teenagers in the accommodation facility in Gabcikovo. Altogether 37 young people learnt about the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.

IOM continues providing information, counselling, and daily support to people affected by the war in Ukraine who have found a refuge in the Gabcikovo Accommodation Facility, currently hosting about 900 people.

Jakub Dostál, IOM Czechia; currently based in Eastern Slovakia

Right this morning, like every other morning during the past months at the IOM Office in Kosice where I am based now, I receive inflow and outflow data from Slovak authorities that I process for colleagues in Slovakia and abroad.

To draw on its long-term experience in the counter-trafficking, IOM Slovakia has taken an active role in chairing a Task Force on Trafficking in Persons within the coordinated response to Ukraine Crisis in Slovakia. The Task Force operates under the Protection Working Group led by UNHCR to support coordinated action to address risks of human trafficking and ensure respect for victims’ rights throughout the response.

Olena, IOM Slovakia consultant

I like to work for the IOM Slovakia team because I myself experienced the war in Ukraine and I was very pleased when my family met people in Slovakia who spoke our native language and could explain us what awaited us in this country.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Slovakia published its third rapid needs and intentions assessment report based on 780 face-to-face surveys with Ukrainian refugees (99 per cent) and third-country nationals.

On 24 April 2022, IOM and a Ukrainian cultural mediator in cooperation with UNHCR and the Ukrainian House organized the Easter celebration in the Ukrainian tradition. It was the first big community gathering in the Gabcikovo Accommodation Facility.

UPDATED on 2 May 2023: The IOM Slovakia Migration Information Centre prepared basic information on conditions of employment in Slovakia for refugees, temporary refuge holders or asylum seekers from Ukraine. Information is available in Ukrainian language (updated as of 2 May 2023) and in English and Slovak language (updated as of 26 May 2022) as a leaflet or an online article on the IOM MIC website.