Foreigners arriving in Slovakia most often need help with the first steps in obtaining a residence permit and are looking for ways to orientate themselves in the complex administrative procedures and legislation. This follows from data of the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC), which was opened by the IOM Slovakia in April 2006.
The mobile application SAFE Travel & Work Abroad warns about the risk of human trafficking and provides advice what to do if you find yourself in dangerous situations. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) developed the SAFE application in 2016 and in March 2021 introduced four new language versions of the application.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in cooperation with organizations La Strada in the Czech Republic and in Poland organized an expert round table on 28 January 2021. The round table was attended by professionals from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland who work in the field of prevention and fight against human trafficking.
In 2020, International Organization for Migration (IOM) expanded its services by providing support to UK citizens in Slovakia following the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. The IOM Migration Information Centre provided over 3,150 consultations more than in 2019. Read more about results of IOM key activities in Slovakia.
In the document Organisation of Asylum and Migration Policies in the Slovak Republic you will find which institutions and organisations are responsible for the particular areas of migration from the non-EU countries. The publication also illustrates the overview of policies, strategies and legislative acts related to migration in the Slovak Republic.
Miroslava Pinková from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Zuzana Vatráľová from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) discussed the life in a refugee camp and especially the assistance to refugees through their resettlement to safe countries.
The One World Film Festival in cooperation with the IOM screened the documentary One Way Ticket about a huge life change of refugees who were resettled from a refugee camp to the US. The online screening that took place on 11 November 2020 was watched by 203 spectators.
IOM Director General António Vitorino:
"Last year, on International Migrants Day, we highlighted the importance of social cohesion and recognized the generosity of societies supporting migrants in their communities, unaware of what 2020 would bring."
Since 2006, more than a million visitors have searched for important information on various areas of life and stay of foreigners in Slovakia on the website of the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC): www.mic.iom.sk.
In 2019, the IOM Migration Information Centre provided 6,198 clients with 10,398 consultations about important areas of life in Slovakia. Another 108 foreigners benefited from the IOM assistance with their voluntary return to 24 countries of origin. IOM lecturers trained another 87 professionals in the field of human trafficking prevention.