The 7th EMN Educational Seminar on Impacts and Opportunities of International Migration will be held in Bratislava on 20-22 August 2019. The seminar is organised by International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the EMN coordinator for Slovakia. Registration for the seminar is open till 1 July 2019.

Are you a non-EU citizen and do you need an advice on your residence and other important areas of life in Slovakia? Come and join us on 30 May 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at INFO DAY that will be held on the premises of the Foreign Police Department, Regrútska 4, Bratislava (map).

IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) opens the next cycle of Open Courses of Slovak Language for citizens of non-EU countries with a permanent, temporary or tolerated residence permit in Slovakia. The courses are free of charge and are open both to beginners and the pre-intermediate.

Check out interesting facts and latest news about the activities and services of IOM in Slovakia – released in the latest issue of the IOM Slovakia Newsletter in April 2019.

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In 2018, IOM assisted 80 foreigners with their voluntary return to 21 countries of origin. The IOM Migration Information Center provided 4,550 clients with 6,763 consultations about important areas of life in Slovakia, and IOM lecturers trained another 96 professionals in the field of human trafficking prevention.

The new EMN video briefly explains the main findings of the study Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU and Norway (2017). This study informs about integration measures adopted by EU member states aimed at unaccompanied minors...

In October 2018 and in March 2019 in Žilina, Trnava, Prešov and Martin, the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) organized public events "We Are Also at Home Here: What is it Like for Foreigners Who Live in Slovakia" with discussion, short film stories of foreigners, exhibition and food tasting.

The IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) has prepared new fact sheets for foreigners with current information and recommendations on how to apply for residence in Slovakia, and what obligations arise from the different types of temporary and permanent residence. Fact sheets are available on the IOM MIC website.

On 4 and 5 December 2018 at the Kino Lumière in Bratislava, the festival featured three remarkable films about the reasons for migration to Europe, the radical intervention of the Syrian conflict into people's lives, and the challenges faced by refugees in an unknown environment in new countries.

By António Vitorino, Director General International Organization for Migration (IOM)

"Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December).