After a year of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a lot of Ukrainians are considering their options for returning or staying in the hosting country.

Creating and supporting community activities is one of the key priorities of the IOM team, which has been working in the Humanitarian Centre (HC) in Gabcikovo, where approximately 1,000 people from Ukraine with temporary protection status live.

Data as of 22 February 2023 – 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).

In the context of the conflict in Ukraine, the issue of human trafficking and labour exploitation has also "resurfaced". 

In June 2022, IOM Slovakia (IOM) introduced a transport service for clients living in the Humanitarian Centre in Gabcikovo. People can use an 8-seater minivan in the form of a shuttle bus.

In preparation for the cold weather as well as to continue meeting the basic needs of vulnerable Ukrainians, IOM Slovakia (IOM) has distributed 700 personal kits that consisted of hygienic supplies and warm clothes. 

Reducing stress, and improving mood and self-expression of people – also these are the main goals of music therapy in supporting people's mental health.

Mongolian New Year is celebrated on 21 February. IOM Slovakia had the opportunity to organize a requested info session for 38 members of the Mongolian community in Slovakia, ending the gathering with the NYE celebration.

“The aim is really to make sure that, if possible, Ukrainians find a job that matches their qualifications, because out of those thirty thousand, a lot of people are working in much lower positions than they are qualified for”, said Zuzana Vatráľová, the Head of IOM Slovakia Office in her statement regarding the one-year mark of the assistance to people from Ukraine. 

Geneva – One year ago, destruction and human suffering swept across Ukraine on a scale unseen in Europe in three generations. Towns and cities have been obliterated; tight-knit communities scattered by gunfire, missiles, and bombs.