International Organization for Migration (IOM) was established on 5 December 1951 with the aim to assist with the resettlement of the many Europeans who were displaced in the aftermath of World War II. Since then, IOM assisted millions of people forced to flee their homes and countries due to danger, conflicts, disasters, or those who left in search of better opportunities for themselves and their families.

Nowadays, IOM activities cover a wide range of migration issues in more than 150 countries worldwide. In September 2016 IOM joined the United Nations System.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) created a new mobile application Safe Travel & Work Abroad, which by means of interactive game and useful information points out the risks of human trafficking. Download the application to your smartphone before travelling abroad and you will have all the useful information always with you – whether you travel abroad on holidays or for work.

The mobile application is available on Google Play and App Store (for Android and iOS) and on the IOM web site www.safe.iom.sk in five languages: Slovak, English, Czech, Polish and Hungarian.

On 19 September 2016, International Organization fo Migration (IOM) became part of the United Nations (UN) System as a related organization. The UN-IOM Agreement was signed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the UN Headquarters in New York. More information is available on the IOM Global web site, on the web site of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the UN Media web site (photos and videorecording of the signing ceremony).

The IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) offers to foreigners a financial contribution for further education or retraining. Foreigners are eligible for the contribution if they come from a non-EU and EEA country, came to live, work or do business in Slovakia, and taking a course will help them to find a new or better job or to improve their living situation.

You can apply for the contribution to 31 October 2016 the latest.

The study informs about the Slovak labour migration policy, discussions on labour migration in the Slovak Republic or tools for identification of labour shortages and shortages in qualifications as well as envisaged labour migration needs in the Slovak Republic. Besides that it also analyses available statistical data and forecasts related to labour shortages in the Slovak Republic.

Check out the latest issue of the newsletter IOM in Slovakia 2/2016 with interesting facts and news about the activities and services of IOM in Slovakia - available in Slovak and English language.

If you wish to receive the IOM Slovakia Newsletter directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe here: https://iom.sk/en/publications/subscribe-to-iom-slovakia-newsletter.html.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the European Migration Network (EMN) Coordinator for the Slovak Republic organised in the framework of the Presidency of Slovakia in the Council of the EU an international conference on Rethinking Returns from the EU: Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin, taking place on 6-7 July 2016 in Bratislava.

Read the key results of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia achieved in the first half of 2016 in the field of integration of foreigners in Slovakia, assisted voluntary returns of migrants and their reintegration after the return home, counter-trafficking, resettlement of refugees and coordination of the European Migration Network activities.

The IOM Migration Information Center (MIC) provided counselling during the “Summer Parade” that was held within the 11th year of the Fjúžn festival in Bratislava in April 2016 and in June 2016 during the World Refugee Day. Directly on site, visitors of both events could receive various information leaflets and advice regarding the residence in Slovakia, acquiring Slovak citizenship and other important areas of life of the foreigners in Slovakia. Several dozen people benefited from counselling of MIC consultants.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) included these refugees in the humanitarian transfer programme. In May and June 2016 International Organization for Migration (IOM) transferred them from a refugee camp in Yemen to Slovakia which provided them with a temporary shelter.

The group is composed of Somali refugees, mostly families with children who were forced to flee their homes years ago due to ongoing conflicts.