According to IOM Slovakia data, sixty two per cent of the respondents who fled Ukraine to Slovakia indicated they would return to Ukraine once it was safe, while twenty per cent did not know their long-term intentions and fourteen per cent expected to stay in Slovakia.

Data as of 20 September 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).

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more than 1,150 people from Ukraine have taken the opportunity to learn the Slovak language at courses organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia.

IOM Director General António Vitorino, Kyiv:

I have been deeply affected by the unimaginable human suffering and destruction that I have witnessed during the last four days spent in Ukraine.

IOM continues to promptly react to the needs of people fleeing war in Ukraine and on 2 September 2022 delivered another batch of humanitarian assistance to the Accommodation Facility in the town Martin in the premises of a high school dormitory.

Forty-nine per cent of those interviewed who crossed the border back to Ukraine declared an intent to remain in Ukraine, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) data released as of 17 August 2022.

In June 2022, IOM Slovakia delivered the first batch of non-food humanitarian aid with 139 cleaning sets and 245 hygienic items to secure basic needs of visitors of BUBO Asylum House at Dunajska Street in Bratislava with a capacity of two hundred beds for people without roof above their heads that fled war in Ukraine.

Many people fleeing war in Ukraine search for up-to-date information in the language they understand. They are interested in knowing what residence options they have in Slovakia, how to change their residence status in Slovakia from temporary protection and what other assistance services they can benefit from.

On 29 July and 9 August 2022, IOM in coordination with the District Office in the town Martin donated another two batches of humanitarian aid to the Community Distribution Centre in Martin for people from Ukraine to secure their basic needs in personal hygiene and clothing, as well as equip them with basic kitchen tools and cleaning supplies.

Over the last few weeks, IOM Slovakia have provided hygiene kits for people in need from Ukraine and delivered them to assistance centres in Michalovce, Zakovce, Nitra and Bratislava in partnership with the Association of Christian Youth Communities.