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.
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.
Educational seminar on a selected topic of migration and asylum was organised for the third year by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point in the Slovak Republic. This year the seminar was held in Bratislava from 19 – 21 August 2014. It was attended by more than fifty professionals working in the Slovak state and public institutions, academic field as well as non-governmental organisations.
On 17 August 2014, the community garden Krasňanský Zelovoc joined the global festival of pop-up restaurants Restaurant Day and for the whole afternoon it was successfuly transformed into a one-day restaurant. Migrants from Africa, Vietnam and other countries, for whom Bratislava – Raca has become a second home, took part in the festival and introduced their typical food and interesting programme.
The IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) published the new brochure Welcome to Slovakia that in the Slovak, English and Russian language provides foreigners with basic information about Slovakia prior to their arrival and about their first steps in the country. You can find here information and practical advice about stay and employment of foreigners; about education system, health care, social security system and other important aspects of living in Slovakia. The brochure also includes an overview of important contacts and institutions.
Advisory days One-Stop Shop for migrants from outside the EU will be regularly organized every last Thursday of the month simultaneously on the premises of the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) in Bratislava and Kosice. One-Stop Shop means that migrants can obtain in one place comprehensive and free advice from the alien police department, labour and health insurance offices and the legal consultants of the MIC. The first of a series of One-Stop-Shops will be held on Thursday, 25 September 2014 from 12:00 until 16:00 in MIC in Bratislava and Kosice. You can find more information on the MIC website.