IOM Migration Information Center (MIC) organized another counseling INFO DAY (One-Stop Shop) for foreigners from non-EU countries at its premises in Bratislava on 5 October 2017. At one point, 14 foreigners from seven countries received a comprehensive and free counseling from foreign police officers, labor office staff, and MIC legal consultants.

The Global Migration Film Festival is organised by IOM in more than 100 countries all around the world every year. This year the festival in Slovakia has teamed up with the International Documentary Film Festival One World. They jointly created a separate film section World on the Move that featured films about lives of people on the flee, about perception and acceptance of migrants in European countries and how the society changes and divides under the influence of migration.

Every migrant who returns from Slovakia to a country of origin through Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR) and needs to be provided basic living needs, housing or a source of living income for himself and his family, can request IOM Slovakia for reintegration assistance.

The European Migration Network Report provides information on development in legislation and policies in the field of migration and asylum, legal migration and mobility, international protection including asylum, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups as well as irregular migration and smuggling in the Slovak Republic in 2016. It analyses the measures in countering human trafficking, migration and its impact on the development of countries and returns of third country nationals. Part of the report is a statistical overview of legal and irregular migration as well as unaccompanied minors.

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The IOM Migration Information Center (IOM) launched a new on-line application VISA CHECK for foreigners from various countries of the world wishing to come to Slovakia. The application is designed to quickly check if you need a visa to enter the Slovak Republic. The application also enables you to determine what type of residence permit you need in order to study, work or do business in Slovakia.

During the first three months since its launch, the application has processed almost 400 requests for information from 75 countries.

The IOM Migration Information Center (MIC) has prepared a series of events called Welcoming Slovakia. Their goal is to provide practical and useful information for foreigners living in Slovakia. The events also create space for cultural exchange, sharing and networking between people from the communities of foreigners and Slovak public.

The EMN Discussion Evening Refugee Camp – My Home hosted an interesting guest - Kilian Kleinschmidt who during 2013 – 2014 managed Za'atari refugee camp under UNHCR in Jordan. During the event on 4 July 2017 in kino Lumière in Bratislava, he introduced his innovative ideas, inter alia, that we should start thinking about refugee camps as about future cities.

The EMN Educational Seminar on Migration dealt with the topic Addressing the Needs of Forced Migrants in the 21st Century. During 3 to 5 July 2017, more than 60 participants had the opportunity to listen to and discuss with 17 experts from international organisations, institutions and non-governmental organisations.

IOM provided advice to 1,607 clients and services to other foreigners in their integration into Slovakia, assisted 26 migrants with returning home from Slovakia, arranged the preparation and transfer of 40 refugees during their resettlement through Slovakia to the US and Sweden and held a conference and other activities as the coordinator of activities of the European Migration Network (EMN) in Slovakia.