On 19 September 2016, International Organization fo Migration (IOM) became part of the United Nations (UN) System as a related organization. The UN-IOM Agreement was signed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the UN Headquarters in New York. More information is available on the IOM Global web site, on the web site of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and the UN Media web site (photos and videorecording of the signing ceremony).

The IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) offers to foreigners a financial contribution for further education or retraining. Foreigners are eligible for the contribution if they come from a non-EU and EEA country, came to live, work or do business in Slovakia, and taking a course will help them to find a new or better job or to improve their living situation.

You can apply for the contribution to 31 October 2016 the latest.

The study informs about the Slovak labour migration policy, discussions on labour migration in the Slovak Republic or tools for identification of labour shortages and shortages in qualifications as well as envisaged labour migration needs in the Slovak Republic. Besides that it also analyses available statistical data and forecasts related to labour shortages in the Slovak Republic.

Check out the latest issue of the newsletter IOM in Slovakia 2/2016 with interesting facts and news about the activities and services of IOM in Slovakia - available in Slovak and English 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.

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.