Fifteen Slovak and foreign experts together with 37 employees of the state and public administration, non-governmental organizations and academic employees from Slovakia participated in the summer educational seminar entitled Migration globally and locally, which was organized from 20 to 23 August 2012 in Bratislava by the National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN) in the Slovak Republic.
Experts from Bratislava, Prague, Oxford, Brussels and Geneva presented various aspects of migration: migration as a global phenomenon, migration policy of the Slovak Republic in the global and EU context, labour migration worldwide and ability of the Slovak Republic to respond to labour market needs through migration, migration and development, forced migration and irregular migration.
The seminar also included two evening programmes – discussion on integration of migrants Are we also at home here? preceded by a screening of the movie Next Door Family and introduction to trafficking in human beings preceded by a screening of the film 0800 800 818.
The seminar served as an opportunity to make new contacts on regional, national and international level, discuss and develop initiatives which can be used in the future capacity building and work in the field of migration. Knowledge and contacts gained during the seminar will be helpful in the participants’ further work – in policy-making, preparation of strategic materials, laws, statements, expert documents and academic papers on migration as well as practical implementation of migration policies or practical work with migrants.
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The coordinator of the National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN) in the Slovak Republic is the IOM International Organization for Migration. The EMN was established via Council Decision 2008/381/EC and is financially supported by the European Union. The EMN activities in the Slovak Republic are co-financed by the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.