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Data as of 22 June 2022 – Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, IOM has provided support and immediate assistance to affected populations arriving in Slovakia including Ukrainian refugees and Third Country Nationals (TCNs).

To date, IOM’s operations have centered on ensuring access to safe, dignified and sustainable living conditions through

Watch more: IOM Slovakia’s Response to the #Ukrainecrisis

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IOM providing assistance at the Vyšné Nemecké PoE. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

IOM providing assistance at the Vyšné Nemecké PoE. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

In person assistance at border crossing points and at registration centres

IOM is actively present at:

  • PoEs in Vyšné Nemecké,
  • PoE in Ubľa,
  • Registration Centre in Michalovce,
  • Registration Centre in Humenné,
  • Hotspot in Košice,
  • Accommodation centre in Gabčíkovo.

Through IOM managed spaces and in coordination with local partners, IOM shares information on services and social protection systems and raises awareness of the risks of trafficking in human beings.

IOM also provides legal counsel and information on how to register for Temporary Refugee Status. From the very first days to 22 June 2022, IOM has provided this assistance to over 3,010 individuals crossing into Slovakia.

Watch more: #Ukrainecrisis / IOM support at the Vyšné Nemecké border crossing

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IOM remote assistance to Ukrainian refugees and non-European Union (EU) nationals. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

IOM remote assistance to Ukrainian refugees and non-European Union (EU) nationals. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Remote assistance

IOM also provides legal, social and job counselling and referral to relevant services through its Migration Information Centre (MIC). Accessible through both email and helplines, the assistance has been focused further on supporting Ukrainians as well as to non-European Union (EU) nationals.

From 24 February 2022 to 22 June 2022, IOM provided information and legal counselling to more than 5,000 beneficiaries, including Ukrainian refugees and non-EU nationals.

IOM also regularly updates the IOM MIC website dedicated to the situation in Ukraine, where relevant legislative, administrative, and other information are presented, and relevant contacts shared here.

This online support is available in Ukrainian / Slovak / English / Russian language.

From 24 February 2022 to 22 June 2022 the MIC website visited 305,654 users.

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE ARRIVING TO SLOVAKIA FROM UKRAINE

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Migration Information Centre:

Infoline: 0850 211 478 (only from Slovakia)

From abroad: +421 2 5263 0023, +421 55 625 8662

Telegram/Signal: +421 908 767 853 (voice calls only)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.mic.iom.sk.

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IOM largescale warehouse facility in Kosice to support delivery of goods into Ukraine. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

IOM largescale warehouse facility in Košice to support delivery of goods into Ukraine. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Blankets distribution at Kosice Municipality Humanitarian Warehouse. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Blankets distribution at Košice Municipality Humanitarian Warehouse. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

The breastfeeding and baby care room with equipment. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

The breastfeeding and baby care room at Vyšné Nemecké PoE with equipment. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Humanitarian aid

IOM also ensures that critical, life-saving items are made available to meet the needs of people most affected by the crisis.

IOM operates a largescale warehousing facility in Košice (3,500 square meters) and another one in Michalovce (5,814 square meters) to provide cross border humanitarian supplies to vulnerable Ukrainians. The prepositioning of goods and transfer across the border has proven a critical supply route from Slovakia to Ukraine, supporting continued access to critical lifesaving goods.

To support continued delivery of goods into Ukraine, since the beginning of the war IOM Supply Chain Hub in Slovakia has received 413 trucks, equating to 8,673 metric tons of goods. From this and pre-existing supplies in the IOM Supply Chain Hub in Slovakia, IOM managed to ship 356 trucks of goods to Ukraine, equating to a volume of 7,476 metric tons.

In response to Ukrainian refugees and TCNs arriving in Slovakia, IOM, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre of Košice Municipality and the Association of Christian Youth Communities, and in coordination with the Košice Municipality and the Michalovce Registration Centre management, provided 1,200 blankets for immediate distribution to the Michalovce Registration Centre (700) and the Košice municipality (500).

IOM responded to the urgent need of securing dignified and private space for mothers and their babies fleeing Ukraine when crossing the border in Vyšné Nemecké. In cooperation with St. Elisabeth’s University of Health and Social Sciences IOM equipped breastfeeding and baby care room with vital supplies.

To minimize the spread of diseases, IOM delivered hand sanitizing stands to the Hotspot Červená Hviezda operated by the City of Košice and to the largescale registration centre in Michalovce. IOM also provided the City of Košice with the rental of the bus service that secures transfer for people in need from the Hotspot Červená Hviezda at the bus station in Košice to their place of temporary residence.

In response to increased number of arrivals of Ukrainian refugees and third-country nationals (TCNs) entering Slovakia and to ensure immediate medical assistance to those in risk of life, IOM handed over to a team from the St. Elisabeth’s University of Health and Social Work the life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED). This team provides inevitable medical assistance to people fleeing war in Ukraine and entering Slovakia at the Vyšné Nemecké Border Point of Entry and at the largescale registration Centre in Michalovce.

To ensure the fundamental needs of the ongoing influx of people that fled war in Ukraine, IOM delivered 135 hygienic kits from its warehouse in Kosice to the Michalovce large scale registration centre which daily assist dozens of people in need from Ukraine.

IOM will continue to scale its direct assistance response in line with evolving needs.

Watch more: Supply Chain Hubs in Slovakia and Aid Delivery

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IOM providing CT Awareness Training in Vysne Nemecke for frontline staff. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

IOM providing CT Awareness Training in Vysne Nemecke for frontline staff. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Protection and capacity building

At the Michalovce Registration Centre and the Vyšné Nemecké PoE, IOM conducted 2 trainings on prevention of trafficking in human beings for 25 partners, including frontline healthcare professionals and professionals from the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Red Cross, International Rescue System, Caritas Slovakia, Mareena and Maltese Cross.

At the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility, IOM conducted a training on counter-trafficking awareness to 14 partners involved in provision of services and related awareness raising activities. Participants included professionals from the Slovak Humanitarian Council as IP of UNHCR, Fire Medical, Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic and facility management staff.

At the beginning of May, IOM organized two Be Safe workshops for 11 to 16 years old children and teenagers at the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility. Altogether 37 young people learnt about the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.

IOM helps displaced youth from Ukraine cope with different situations they experience in their daily life. From mid-May at the Gabčíkovo Accommodation Facility, IOM conducts community workshops and youth entitled them Mood Workshops. They are their co-creators and can propose topics of workshops that build cooperation, respect, tolerance and overcome stereotypes as well. To date, IOM has been organized 5 community workshops for 129 displaced youths.

On 7 June 2022, IOM delivered the first module of trainings focused on human trafficking to 7 lawyers and employees of Slovak NGO Human Rights League providing legal counselling to Ukrainian refugees at the Bottova Assistance Centre in Bratislava. It will be beneficial for participants when providing refugees with legal counselling about safe employment in Slovakia.

In addition to counselling and capacity building, IOM continues to disseminate information leaflets and information cards (in English, Ukrainian, Russian and Roma) with relevant preventive information and contact details of NGOs providing specialized assistance in Slovakia and other European countries.

To reduce the risk of human trafficking, IOM has also developed a mobile app SAFE Travel & Work Abroad that provides key information about human trafficking, safe travelling principles, advice on seeking employment abroad and a list of emergency contacts.

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People in situation of vulnerability can benefit from psychological first aid, individual psychological counselling or suppport provided at group sessions. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

People in situation of vulnerability can benefit from psychological first aid, individual psychological counselling or suppport provided at group sessions. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Mental health and psychosocial suppport

IOM with its partners provide mental health and psychosocial support to people fleeing the war and currently living in Slovakia.

To date, 13 people received psychological first aid and 31 people received individual psychological counselling or participated in group sessions.

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IOM assistance to vulnerable people from Ukraine with temporary accomodation. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

IOM assistance to vulnerable people from Ukraine with temporary accomodation. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Assistance with temporary accommodation

IOM in partnership with the Airbnb assists people fleeing the war in Ukraine – Ukrainian or Third Country National fleeing Ukraine as a result of current crisis – to find and secure temporary accommodation in Airbnb facilities in Slovakia.

To date, IOM found and secured temporary accomodation in Airbnb facilities to 97 beneficiaries.

Priority in this assitance is given to refugees without accommodation / facing imminent risk of losing their accommodation; refugees accommodated in overcrowded camps; single-parent/ single-carer households; refugees over 65 years old; pregnant or lactating women; refugees with disabilities or chronic illnesses or other types of migrants in a situation of vulnerability.

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IOM collects data on the mobility, needs and intentions of people fleeing Ukraine. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

IOM’s displacement tracking matrix (DTM) team in Slovakia collects data for multisectoral needs assessments and intention surveys in the country. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2022.

Data collection

To better understand mobility dynamics and rapidly assess the immediate needs of affected populations, including with Ukrainian refugees and TCNs, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in Slovakia continues to conduct face-to-face surveys with them.

To date, IOM has conducted more than 970 assessments across border crossing points and key sites in the country.

IOM continues to collect data in order to assess needs and intentions of people returning to Ukraine. To date, IOM has conducted 147 assessments across key sites in the country.

On 14 April, IOM Slovakia published the first rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 161 surveys collected from 9-30 March.

On 3 May, IOM Slovakia published the second rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 481 surveys collected from 9 March-21 April.

On 27 May, IOM Slovakia published the third rapid sectoral needs analysis based on 780 surveys collected from 9 March-22 May.

On 3 May, IOM Slovakia published the first displacement analysis of third-country nationals (TCNs) arriving to and departing from Slovakia during the period of 24 February – 25 April 2022.

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Read the reports:

Ukraine: IOM Slovakia Response / 14 June 2022

Ukraine: IOM Slovakia Response / 31 May 2022

Ukraine: IOM Slovakia Response / 17 May 2022

Ukraine: IOM Slovakia Response / 3 May 2022

Ukraine: IOM Slovakia Response / 19 April 2022

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This project was generously funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.