At the beginning of December 2015, a conference on Integration Programmes for Beneficiaries of International Protection along with an Expert Roundtable was organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of European Migration Network (EMN) activities in Slovakia in collaboration with the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.

In 2015 representatives of migrant communities organized, in cooperation with the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC), 25 different events attended by 2,400 visitors where they presented their culture and promoted the social life of their communities. Here is a selection of events which were organized during this fruitful year of multicultural events.

We Are At Home Here is a documentary film introducing the life of migrants in Slovakia. It reflects the attitudes of Slovaks to migrants and how their opinions do(not) correspond to the reality of migration. You can also project this film in your town or in your home. The film is also available in HD quality at the YouTube site of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), where it was viewed more than 5,200 times between April 2013 and February 2016. Thousands more people have seen the film during public and school projections in dozens of cities around Slovakia.

Drawing on the results of worldwide survey conducted in 142 countries, some 43 per cent favour increasing or keeping stable the numbers of immigrants in their countries, while only 34 per cent support lower levels of immigration.

Further information and the full How the World Views Migration report produced by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Gallup World Poll are available here.

Geneva – On 27 October 2015, IOM launched its flagship World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility. The report, the eighth in IOM’s World Migration Report series, focuses on how migration and migrants are shaping cities and how the life of migrants is shaped by cities, their people, organizations and rules.

In September 2015 the Slovak Republic provided a temporary shelter on its territory to 66 Somali refugees from Eritrea. IOM transferred the refugees to Slovakia where they are temporarily accommodated in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne. The families were forced to flee their home country due to ongoing conflicts and fear for their own lives. Because many of them were stranded for years in refugee camps without hope of returning home, they were provided international protection and later chosen for resettlement to a third country. After years of uncertainty such a solution enables them to start their lives again in safe conditions.

More than 60 employees of public administration and representatives of academia, non-profit sector, media and foreign embassies took part in the educational seminar entitled Irregular Migration – Borders and Human Rights organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of the European Migration Network (EMN) National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic in Bratislava on 25 – 27 August 2015.

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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing's message for World Humanitarian Day (19 August): "Picture a scene at International Aid Headquarters in Erbil Iraq: A family has been waiting for hours in the hot sun. They need some basic information about the “who, when where” of an aid distribution…but communication has broken down, because the guard is unable to help.  He doesn’t know how to engage upward to his superiors to find an answer, nor directly to the needy—and that is how missions fail to meet their goals."

CRISIS SITUATIONS ARE LABORATORIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, says Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

"When disaster strikes, the humanitarian community rushes to respond. We mobilize resources, activate response mechanisms, send doctors, search and rescue teams, logisticians, counsellors, engineers, equipment, tarpaulins, food, medicine and water. All the paraphernalia of an emergency response, swings into action, to conflict zones, natural calamities, or man-made disasters."