On 6 December 2011 a group of 40 Somali refugees from Eritrea, who were provided a temporary shelter by the Slovak government, came to Slovakia. The temporary shelter was provided based on the trilateral treaty signed on 22 December 2010 by the Government of the Slovak Republic, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration. The group was composed of individuals and families with children who had lived in the Emkulu refugee camp on the eastern coast of Eritrea before their arrival to Slovakia.

The refugees were temporarily accommodated in the asylum facility of the Ministry of Interior in Humenné where stayed for 6 months before their gradual resettlement to the United States. IOM is responsible for the transportation of refugees to the Slovak Republic and from Slovak Republic to the country of resettlement. IOM also provides services related to health assessment of refugees, cultural orientation and/or language training for the purpose of resettlement.

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