In 2016, International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of European Migration Network (EMN) activities in Slovakia is preparing five new publications: Annual Report on Migration and Asylum Policies in the Slovak Republic in 2015; Approaches to Rejected Asylum Seekers in the Slovak Republic; Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission Programmes in the Slovak Republic – What Works?; Searching for a Family Life – The Right to Family Reunification: National Practices; and Illegal Employment of Third Country Nationals in the Slovak Republic.

See the EMN studies published up to 2015.

In 2014, IOM Migration Information Centre in Bratislava and Košice provided 3,568 consultations to 2,296 clients. IOM staff identified 29 victims of human trafficking and assisted with the safe return of 19 of them to their country of origin. Apart from this, IOM assisted 92 migrants who had decided to voluntary return to their home country from Slovakia; and these migrants returned to 15 various countries. 17 of them were provided with further assistance to ensure their basic needs after return. In addition, IOM arranged humanitarian transfer of 98 refugees from refugee camps to the Slovak Republic, which provided them with a temporary shelter on its territory. After completion of all preparatory steps the refugees will be resettled from Slovakia to countries which provide them with a new home.

You can read a summary of IOM results in the key areas of its activities for 2015.

During October and November 2015, International Organization for Migration (IOM) carried out six trainings for 111 professionals from Centers of Pedagogical and Psychological Counseling and Prevention, children’s homes, re-education and low-threshold centers, and field social workers from all over Slovakia.

IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) in Bratislava and Kosice in 2015 organized eight INFO days for foreigners. This model of integrated counselling enabled migrants to benefit from assistance in one place at one time and to receive comprehensive advice from MIC legal consultants, Foreign Police Departments, Labour Offices, Trade Licensing Offices, Department of State Citizenship and Health insurance companies. The total of 138 foreigners from 30 countries benefited from this one stop shop counselling.

MIC has organized a total of 21 info days of integrated counselling for foreigners since 2012.

At the beginning of December 2015, a conference on Integration Programmes for Beneficiaries of International Protection along with an Expert Roundtable was organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of European Migration Network (EMN) activities in Slovakia in collaboration with the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.

In 2015 representatives of migrant communities organized, in cooperation with the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC), 25 different events attended by 2,400 visitors where they presented their culture and promoted the social life of their communities. Here is a selection of events which were organized during this fruitful year of multicultural events.

We Are At Home Here is a documentary film introducing the life of migrants in Slovakia. It reflects the attitudes of Slovaks to migrants and how their opinions do(not) correspond to the reality of migration. You can also project this film in your town or in your home. The film is also available in HD quality at the YouTube site of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), where it was viewed more than 5,200 times between April 2013 and February 2016. Thousands more people have seen the film during public and school projections in dozens of cities around Slovakia.

Drawing on the results of worldwide survey conducted in 142 countries, some 43 per cent favour increasing or keeping stable the numbers of immigrants in their countries, while only 34 per cent support lower levels of immigration.

Further information and the full How the World Views Migration report produced by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Gallup World Poll are available here.

Geneva – On 27 October 2015, IOM launched its flagship World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility. The report, the eighth in IOM’s World Migration Report series, focuses on how migration and migrants are shaping cities and how the life of migrants is shaped by cities, their people, organizations and rules.

In September 2015 the Slovak Republic provided a temporary shelter on its territory to 66 Somali refugees from Eritrea. IOM transferred the refugees to Slovakia where they are temporarily accommodated in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne. The families were forced to flee their home country due to ongoing conflicts and fear for their own lives. Because many of them were stranded for years in refugee camps without hope of returning home, they were provided international protection and later chosen for resettlement to a third country. After years of uncertainty such a solution enables them to start their lives again in safe conditions.