International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the European Migration Network (EMN) Coordinator for the Slovak Republic organised in the framework of the Presidency of Slovakia in the Council of the EU an international conference on Rethinking Returns from the EU: Sustainable Returns and Cooperation with Countries of Origin, taking place on 6-7 July 2016 in Bratislava.

Read the key results of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia achieved in the first half of 2016 in the field of integration of foreigners in Slovakia, assisted voluntary returns of migrants and their reintegration after the return home, counter-trafficking, resettlement of refugees and coordination of the European Migration Network activities.

The IOM Migration Information Center (MIC) provided counselling during the “Summer Parade” that was held within the 11th year of the Fjúžn festival in Bratislava in April 2016 and in June 2016 during the World Refugee Day. Directly on site, visitors of both events could receive various information leaflets and advice regarding the residence in Slovakia, acquiring Slovak citizenship and other important areas of life of the foreigners in Slovakia. Several dozen people benefited from counselling of MIC consultants.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) included these refugees in the humanitarian transfer programme. In May and June 2016 International Organization for Migration (IOM) transferred them from a refugee camp in Yemen to Slovakia which provided them with a temporary shelter.

The group is composed of Somali refugees, mostly families with children who were forced to flee their homes years ago due to ongoing conflicts.

When travelling for work abroad without having all the necessary information, people put themselves at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a new web page www.bezpecnecestovanie.iom.sk which provides useful tips on safe travelling, job searching and planning the stay in a foreign country. The website also warns of the risks of human trafficking and gives advice how not to become a victim of modern slavery, what to do in a crisis and where to seek help.

Get the information before it is too late: www.bezpecnecestovanie.iom.sk (web page only in Slovak).

International Organization for Migration (IOM) published a training manual called Prevention of Human Trafficking. It is intended for teachers, people working in the area of prevention, lectors and other professionals who work with potential victims of trafficking and want to do preventive activities in this field. The manual can be used in the education of people who want to travel and work abroad on how not to become victims of trafficking.

Between January and April 2016 the International Organization for Migration transferred another 110 refugees of mostly Somali and Sudanese nationality to Slovakia. The transferred refugees are vulnerable families with children and individuals from refugee camps in Eritrea and Lebanon who had to flee their home countries due to ongoing conflicts and their return home is not possible. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees included the refugees in its programme of humanitarian transfer and within its framework the refugees will be resettled through the territory of Slovakia to a third country which will give them a new home.

At the end 2015 International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a vaccination programme within its existing programme of the Humanitarian transfer of refugees under the protection of UNHCR through the territory of Slovakia. This programme is targeted at refugees who are accommodated in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne preparing for their resettlement to the United States of America. These refugees are entitled to a series of vaccinations against hepatitis, measles, diphteria, pertussis, tetanus and other diseases.

Check out the brand new issue of the IOM Slovakia Newsletter 01/2016 – available in English and Slovak language. If you wish to receive the IOM Slovakia Newsletter directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe here: https://iom.sk/en/publications/subscribe-to-iom-slovakia-newsletter.html.

IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) in 2016 continues to organize free courses of social and cultural orientation for non-EU nationals. Courses are offering interesting topics that will help you to navigate through the important areas of life in Slovakia and will facilitate the first steps for newcomers in new country. Courses take place once a month in MIC in Bratislava and Kosice.  In order to get more information about the courses, please call 0850 211 478, visit website www.mic.iom.sk or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Courses on social and cultural orientation for foreigners in Bratislava and Kosice were attended by 108 persons in 2015.