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Data as of 20 September 2022 – Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, IOM has provided support and immediate assistance to affected populations arriving in Slovakia including Ukrainian refugees and Third Country Nationals (TCNs).
To date, IOM’s operations have centered on ensuring access to safe, dignified and sustainable living conditions through
- direct assistance at border points of entry (PoEs) and registration centres,
- remote assistance and information dissemination through IOM’s Migration Information Centre hotline and website,
- the provision of emergency humanitarian aid to those in Slovakia and Ukraine as well,
- capacity building of frontline workers, profesionals and volunteers and rasing awareness on counter-trafficking and other topics,
- cash assistance,
- the provision of mental health and psychosocial suppport,
- offering temporary accommodation to persons fleeing the war in Ukraine,
- data collection on mobility, needs and intentions of conflict-affected populations.
Watch more: IOM Slovakia’s Response to the #Ukrainecrisis
IOM providing assistance at the Vyšné Nemecké PoE. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
In person assistance at border crossing points and at registration centres
IOM is actively present at:
- PoEs in Vyšné Nemecké,
- PoE in Ubľa,
- Registration Centre in Michalovce,
- Hotspot in Košice,
- Accommodation centre in Gabčíkovo.
Through IOM managed spaces and in coordination with local partners, IOM shares information on services and social protection systems and raises awareness of the risks of trafficking in human beings.
IOM also provides legal counsel and information on how to register for Temporary Refugee Status. From the very first days to 20 September 2022, IOM has provided this assistance to over 4,648 individuals crossing into Slovakia.
Watch more: #Ukrainecrisis / IOM support at the Vyšné Nemecké border crossing
IOM remote assistance to Ukrainian refugees and non-European Union (EU) nationals. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
IOM also provides legal, social and job counselling and referral to relevant services through its Migration Information Centre (MIC). Accessible through both email and helplines, the assistance has been focused further on supporting Ukrainians as well as to non-European Union (EU) nationals.
From 24 February 2022 to 20 September 2022, IOM provided information and legal counselling to more than 8,622 beneficiaries, including Ukrainian refugees and non-EU nationals.
IOM also regularly updates the IOM MIC website dedicated to the situation in Ukraine, where relevant legislative, administrative, and other information are presented, and relevant contacts shared here.
From 24 February 2022 to 20 September 2022 the MIC website visited 425,368 users.
INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE ARRIVING TO SLOVAKIA FROM UKRAINE
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Migration Information Centre:
Infoline: 0850 211 478 (only from Slovakia)
Telegram/Signal: +421 908 767 853 (voice calls only)
IOM largescale warehouse facility in Košice to support delivery of goods into Ukraine. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
Blankets distribution at Košice Municipality Humanitarian Warehouse. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
The breastfeeding and baby care room at Vyšné Nemecké PoE with equipment. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
IOM also ensures that critical, life-saving items are made available to meet the needs of people most affected by the crisis.
IOM operates a largescale warehousing facility in Košice (3,500 square meters) and another one in Michalovce (5,814 square meters) to provide cross border humanitarian supplies to vulnerable Ukrainians. The prepositioning of goods and transfer across the border has proven a critical supply route from Slovakia to Ukraine, supporting continued access to critical lifesaving goods.
To support continued delivery of goods into Ukraine, since the beginning of the war IOM Supply Chain Hub in Slovakia has received 630 trucks, equating to 13,230 metric tons of goods. From this and pre-existing supplies in the IOM Supply Chain Hub in Slovakia, IOM managed to ship 474 trucks of goods to Ukraine, equating to a volume of 9,954 metric tons.
In response to Ukrainian refugees and TCNs arriving in Slovakia, IOM donated in Slovakia following humanitarian aid: 1,200 blankets, over 14,100 hygiene kits and items, over 22,100 pcs of clothing, nearly 4,700 items of cleaning and kitchen sets, appliances (including defibrilator, fans, refrigerators, clothes dryers, washing maschines and vacuum cleaners), non-perishable food items, equipment for breastfeeding and baby care room, and other items.
IOM, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre of Košice Municipality and the Association of Christian Youth Communities, and in coordination with the Košice Municipality and the Michalovce Registration Centre management, provided 1,200 blankets for immediate distribution to the Michalovce Registration Centre (700) and the Košice municipality (500).
IOM responded to the urgent need of securing dignified and private space for mothers and their babies fleeing Ukraine when crossing the border in Vyšné Nemecké. In cooperation with St. Elisabeth’s University of Health and Social Sciences IOM equipped breastfeeding and baby care room with vital supplies.
To minimize the spread of diseases, IOM delivered hand sanitizing stands to the Hotspot Červená Hviezda operated by the City of Košice and to the largescale registration centre in Michalovce. IOM also provided the City of Košice with the rental of the bus service that secures transfer for people in need from the Hotspot Červená Hviezda at the bus station in Košice to their place of temporary residence.
In response to increased number of arrivals of Ukrainian refugees and third-country nationals (TCNs) entering Slovakia and to ensure immediate medical assistance to those in risk of life, IOM handed over to a team from the St. Elisabeth’s University of Health and Social Work the life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED). This team provides inevitable medical assistance to people fleeing war in Ukraine and entering Slovakia at the Vyšné Nemecké Border Point of Entry and at the largescale registration Centre in Michalovce.
To ensure the fundamental needs of the ongoing influx of people that fled war in Ukraine, IOM delivered 135 hygienic kits from its warehouse in Kosice to the Michalovce large scale registration centre which daily assist dozens of people in need from Ukraine.
On 27 June 2022, IOM helped Accommodation Facility in Martin with new laundry equipment for 140 people that fled war in Ukraine. In addition, IOM equipped all three community rooms with televisions.
IOM Slovakia continues with the delivery of vital humanitarian aid at the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility, currently hosting 970 people that fled emergency situation in Ukraine.
IOM will continue to scale its direct assistance response in line with evolving needs.
Watch more: Supply Chain Hubs in Slovakia and Aid Delivery
IOM providing CT Awareness Training in Vysne Nemecke for frontline staff. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
Protection and capacity building
To date, 168 professionals participated in fourteen IOM trainings about counter-trafficking awareness and prevention. IOM conducted another 34 trainings for 385 participants about protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, protection from gender balance violence, how to work with clients, intercultural communication. In addition, IOM held another induction training about mental health and psychosocial support for an implementing partner and IOM psychologists.
At the Michalovce Registration Centre and the Vyšné Nemecké PoE, IOM conducted 2 trainings on prevention of trafficking in human beings for partners, including frontline healthcare professionals and professionals from the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Red Cross, International Rescue System, Caritas Slovakia, Mareena and Maltese Cross.
At the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility, IOM conducted a training on counter-trafficking awareness to 14 partners involved in provision of services and related awareness raising activities. Participants included professionals from the Slovak Humanitarian Council as IP of UNHCR, Fire Medical, Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic and facility management staff.
At the beginning of May, IOM organized two Be Safe workshops for 11 to 16 years old children and teenagers at the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility. Altogether 37 young people learnt about the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.
On 20 and 21 June 2022, IOM Protection Team delivered a training in prevention of human trafficking 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.
IOM helps displaced youth from Ukraine cope with different situations they experience in their daily life. From mid-May at the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility, IOM conducts community workshops and youth entitled them Mood Workshops. They are their co-creators and can propose topics of workshops that build cooperation, respect, tolerance and overcome stereotypes as well. To date, IOM has been organized 5 community workshops for 129 displaced youths.
On 7 June 2022, IOM delivered the first module of trainings focused on human trafficking to 7 lawyers and employees of Slovak NGO Human Rights League providing legal counselling to Ukrainian refugees at the Bottova Assistance Centre in Bratislava.On 28 June 2022, at the second module IOM trained them in Slovak labour law. It will be beneficial for participants when providing refugees with legal counselling about safe employment in Slovakia and assisting them with their employment law queries.
In addition to counselling and capacity building, IOM continues to disseminate information leaflets and information cards (in English, Ukrainian, Russian and Roma) with relevant preventive information and contact details of NGOs providing specialized assistance in Slovakia and other European countries.
To reduce the risk of human trafficking, IOM has also developed a mobile app SAFE Travel & Work Abroad that provides key information about human trafficking, safe travelling principles, advice on seeking employment abroad and a list of emergency contacts.
IOM staff providing assistance to vulnerable people with disabilities fleeing war in Ukraine and entering Slovakia at the Vysne Nemecke border point of entry. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
IOM Slovakia provides cash assistance to any family member providing full-time care in Slovakia to an adult Ukrainian national with a disability or to an adult Ukrainian national with specific needs who are registered with the UNHCR and were assessed as eligible applicants.
Cash assistance of 508 EUR to the carer of a person with a disability and of 300 EUR directly to the person with specific needs per month for three months.
To date, IOM provided cash assistance to 283 beneficiaries for the months of June, July, August and September 2022.
People in situation of vulnerability can benefit from psychological first aid, individual psychological counselling or suppport provided at group sessions. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
Mental health and psychosocial suppport
As a part of emergency response, IOM with its partners provide mental health and psychosocial support to 652 people fleeing the war and currently living in Slovakia.
To date, IOM provided psychological first aid to 179 adults and 41 children and additional individual psychological counselling to 218 adults and 62 children.
War-affected people have also been assisted by participating in group sessions. Ninety-three adults and children participated using this format of support, while fiftyone adults and children participated in socio-relational activities. Another 8 people received support with referrals to specialized services.
In addition to this suppport, IOM secures supervision of professionals from other institutions and helping organizations that provide services to people from Ukraine.
IOM assistance to vulnerable people from Ukraine with temporary accomodation. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
Assistance with temporary accommodation
IOM in partnership with the Airbnb assists people fleeing the war in Ukraine – Ukrainian or Third Country National fleeing Ukraine as a result of current crisis – to find and secure temporary accommodation in Airbnb facilities in Slovakia.
To date, IOM found and secured temporary accomodation in Airbnb facilities to 278 beneficiaries.
IOM secured housing in Kosice for another 17 beneficiaries.
Priority in this assitance is given to refugees without accommodation / facing imminent risk of losing their accommodation; refugees accommodated in overcrowded camps; single-parent/ single-carer households; refugees over 65 years old; pregnant or lactating women; refugees with disabilities or chronic illnesses or other types of migrants in a situation of vulnerability.
IOM’s displacement tracking matrix (DTM) team in Slovakia collects data for multisectoral needs assessments and intention surveys in the country. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.
To better understand mobility dynamics and rapidly assess the immediate needs of affected populations, including with Ukrainian refugees and TCNs, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in Slovakia continues to conduct face-to-face surveys with them.
To date, IOM has conducted more than 1,486 assessments across border crossing points and key sites in the country.
IOM continues to collect data in order to assess needs and intentions of people returning to Ukraine. To date, IOM has conducted 290 assessments across key sites in the country.
On 14 April, IOM Slovakia published the first rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 161 surveys collected from 9 – 30 March 2022.
On 3 May, IOM Slovakia published the second rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 481 surveys collected from 9 March – 21 April 2022.
On 27 May, IOM Slovakia published the third rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 780 surveys collected from 9 March – 22 May 2022.
On 18 July, IOM Slovakia published the fourth rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 1,027 surveys collected from 9 March – 30 June 2022.
On 5 Septemmber, IOM Slovakia published the fifth rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 1,298 surveys collected from 9 March – 11 August 2022.
On 3 May, IOM Slovakia published the first displacement analysis of third-country nationals (TCNs) arriving to and departing from Slovakia during the period of 24 February – 25 April 2022.
On 30 June, IOM Slovakia published the second displacement analysis of third-country nationals (TCNs) arriving to and departing from Slovakia during the period of 24 February – 23 June 2022.
On 17 August, IOM Slovakia published the first analysis based on 185 surveys collected from 19 April – 31 July 2022 with Ukrainian Nationals and third-country nationals (TCNs) crossing back to Ukraine
Read the reports:
IOM response was generously funded by:
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.