National and foreign experts from Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, Prague and Vienna delivered a speech at the conference on Protection and Care for Unaccompanied Children held on December 10, 2014 in Bratislava. The conference introduced service development and current model of care for unaccompanied minors, determination of the best interest of the child, individual risk assessment, age assessment and prevention of disappearance of unaccompanied minors.

In February 2015 IOM transferred 15 new refugees to Slovakia who will be temporarily accommodated in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne. Families with children from Ethiopia and Somalia had to leave their homes because of threats of persecution and fear for their own lives. For a long time they were stranded in refugee camps without any hope of returning home. Resettlement to another country that will receive them and provide them with a new home is their only chance at life in safe conditions.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bratislava built on the last year's cooperation with the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Bratislava, and with its support it educated another 19 field social workers from the Košice region in March 2015. These education sessions should enable the participants to increase awareness of vulnerable communities in Eastern Slovakia about the threat of human trafficking and help members of these communities not to become victims of modern slavery.

The National Helpline for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings was operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia from 1 July 2008 to 15 December 2014. Since 15 December 2014, the National Helpline for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings 0800 800 818 is operated by Dotyk – Slovak Crisis Centre.

If needed, IOM continues to provide preventive information that helps people protect themselves against trafficking in human beings – call 0915 951 274.

As of 16 February 2015 the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bratislava has moved to a new address: Grösslingová 35, Bratislava (map). Other contacts (telephone and fax numbers, e-mails, websites, social network pages, etc.) of the IOM Office in Bratislava remain unchanged.

Contacts of the IOM in the Slovak Republic.

Switzerland - IOM appeals today for calm in the wake of the murders of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and notes with alarm growing reports of violence against migrants and their places of worship.

Are you a non-EU citizen, living in Slovakia and do you want to learn Slovak? On Tuesday, 13 January 2015, courses of the Slovak language organized by the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) will start in Bratislava and Košice. The courses are free of charge, designed for beginners, pre-intermediate and intermediate. The classes are held at Grösslingová 4 in Bratislava and at Poštová 1 in Košice. Interested migrants may start the course at any time, each lesson is an individual unit.

The new brochure Employment of Foreign Nationals in Slovakia (2014 edition) in the Slovak, English and Russian language provides important facts and practical advice on the terms and conditions of employment of foreign nationals in Slovakia. Furthermore, you can find here a list of important obligations , arising from the legal system of the Slovak Republic, that foreign nationals have to comply with when they want to get employed and also during their employment in Slovakia.

In October 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized another two trainings for employees of offices providing services to third-country nationals. The participants had an opportunity to broaden their knowledge on migration globally and in Slovakia, as well as on current migration and migrant integration policies. They got to know some cultural differences and first-hand experience of living in another culture shared by two members of Slovak Vietnamese community.

A new group of 120 Somali refugees arrived to Slovakia in September and October 2014. They are accommodated in the Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne where they will stay for a maximum period of 6 months. With the assistance of International Organization for Migration (IOM) they will undergo security interviews, medical examinations and cultural orientation courses which will prepare the refugees for life in the country of their resettlement. Afterwards they will be permanently resettled to a country that will receive them and provide them with a new home.