In 2016 116 migrants returned home voluntarily with IOM assistance

In year 2016 IOM helped 116 foreigners to return from Slovakia to their country of origin. The majority returned to Iraq (70), Algeria (9) and Ukraine (9) ), in total to 18 different countries.

IOM provides assistance to foreigners with issuing emergency travel documents, provides travel tickets, accommodation, food, clothes and health care and realize the return to country of origin, including transport within Slovakia, assistance at the airport by departure and in transit countries and if needed also transport in the country of origin.

In the period 2004-2016 IOM assisted in total 1 374 migrants with their voluntary return home. In 2016 IOM for the first time assisted with the return of migrant to Algeria. As a result, the number of countries to which migrants have returned from Slovakia increased to 62.

Read also: AVRR statistics since 2004.

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In 2015 IOM assisted 92 migrants with returning home to 15 countries

In year 2015 IOM realized 92 assisted voluntary returns of migrants to 15 countries of origin. Most of them returned to Serbia – Kosovo (55) and to Iraq (15). IOM assisted them with acquiring temporary travel documents, provided food, travel tickets, departure and transit assistance at the airport and if needed also the transfer to their place of residence.

The total number of migrants returning voluntarily from Slovakia with IOM since 2004 increased to 1 258. In the period 2004-2015 IOM organized returns to 61 countries, in 2015 for the first time to the Philippines, Palestine, Somalia or Sudan.

Read also: AVRR statistics since 2004.

Since 2007 IOM has been providing the returnees also with the reintegration assistance , in order to ensure their basic needs upon their return. In 2015 IOM provided reintegration assistance to 17 individuals or whole families worth of 31,275.53 euro in Georgia, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldavia and Vietnam. The returnees used the assistance mainly to start small businesses that would generate income for them and their families as well as for material assistance to improve their living conditions.

Since 2007 IOM provided reintegration upon return to 184 individuals or whole families in 25 countries all over the world. They were awarded reintegration assistance in total amount of more than 280,000 euro.

In 2014 IOM in Slovakia helped 57 migrants to return to 20 home countries

From January until the end of 2014, IOM helped 57 migrants who could not or did not want to stay in Slovakia, who decided to return home and asked IOM for assistance with assisted voluntary return. Most migrants have returned to Vietnam, Ukraine and India. For the first time since 2004, IOM assisted with the voluntary return of migrants to Kenya, Mexico and Nigeria. As a result, the number of countries to which migrants have returned from Slovakia with IOM increased to 57 and the number of returned migrants to 1,166.

Within the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR), IOM provides migrants with assistance in returning home. In 2014, IOM provided reintegration assistance worth € 43,327.51 in total to 29 individuals or entire families who returned with IOM to Afghanistan, Brazil, Georgia, China, India, Iraq, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Namibia, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. This support was mostly used for setting up small business start-ups and for covering the migrants’ basic needs – material assistance and temporary accommodation.

Read more: Statistics of the AVRR Programme from 2004.

Change of address of the IOM Office in Bratislava

As of 16 February 2015 the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bratislava and its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme have 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.

Contacts of the IOM in the Slovak Republic.

Ms. My from Vietnam: "I am happy that I could return back to my children"

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Ms. My left her native Vietnam and departed for Russia to help her sister. Ms. My lived with her son for some time in Moscow where she worked in a garment factory... You can read the whole story and watch the short documentary film on Ms. My.

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Xuan Quynh from Vietnam: "I went working abroad to help my family"

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Mr. Xuan Quynh lived in Slovakia for more than four years. Initially, he aimed to work in the United Kingdom in order to earn money for his family... You can read the whole story and watch the short documentary film on Mr. Xuan Quynh.

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Minh from Vietnam: "Without IOM Support I Could Not Have Returned Home"

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Mr. Minh left Vietnam in 2008 and he came legally to work in Slovakia. He was employed as a factory worker... You can read the whole story and watch the short documentary film on Mr. Minh.

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In 2013 post-return reintegration assistance was provided to 31 migrants in 9 countries

As for the help upon return, IOM provided reintegration assistance to 31 migrants in the amount of 44,737.39 EUR. This money was used by migrants who returned home with IOM mostly for small business start-ups, for covering their basic needs and providing dignified living conditions. For the first time, migrants were provided with medical assistance.

Reintegration assistance was delivered in Afghanistan, Armenia, China, India, Iraq, Serbia (Kosovo), Moldova, Russian Federation and Vietnam. So far, IOM Bratislava has assisted individuals and families in 21 countries in the world this way.

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In 2013 IOM assisted 50 migrants with returning home

In 2013, International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Slovak Republic assisted 50 migrants from 14 countries with their return back home. While still in Slovakia, they were assisted with accommodation, arranging of travel documents, medical check-up, and were provided with airport assistance and assistance at the border crossing with Ukraine. Upon the arrival to their country of origin, an onward transportation to their place of residence had been arranged for them. Most migrants returned to Vietnam, Ukraine, China, Moldova and India.

From 2004 until 2013 IOM Bratislava assisted 1,109 migrants who returned to 54 countries all over the world.

Read more: statistics of the AVRR Programme from 2004.

The Old Market Hall Experienced One Day on Migration and IOM assistance to migrants after their return home

On Friday 18 October 2013 during the Development Day 2013 at the Old Market Hall in Bratislava IOM presented its work and results along with organizations active in international development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, global education and in assisting people and development activities beyond the Slovak borders.

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Info-meeting on Voluntary Returns and Reintegrations

IOM Bratislava organized a first information meeting on assisted voluntary returns and reintegrations (AVRR) with representatives of departments of alien and border police. The meeting took place on 8 October 2013 in Bratislava. A representative of IOM and of Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Police Force Presidium introduced the way migrants are assisted before and after departure, current legislation in place and planned amendments to the legislation affecting the field of assisted voluntary returns.

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New brochure on assistance to migrants after their return home

International Organization for Migration (IOM) offers help to migrants who can use it after their return home from Slovakia. Assistance aims to facilitate migrant’s living conditions immediately after their return to country of origin. The assistance is designed for migrants without a residence permit in Slovakia, asylum seekers and unsuccesful asylum seekers who opted for voluntary return home with IOM and registered in to the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme.

Migrants can benefit from assistance with setting up of small businesses, which provides them and their families with livelihood, with improvement of their qualification, which could in turn increase their employability, assistance with job search, with providing for migrant’s basic needs following their arrival home, with temporary accommodation, legal assistance or medical assistance. All IOM services during the return and after the return of a migrant are free of charge.

More information in Slovak, English, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic is available in the new IOM brochure.

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Vitalie. Story of migrant after return home from Slovakia with IOM

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Mr. Vitalie left Southeast Moldova in order to search for work in Slovakia. He lived here for two months illegally, could not find any work and decided to return home with the assistance of IOM that provided him with further support also after his return… You can read the full story and watch the short documentary film on Mr. Vitalie.

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Return and Reintegration Assistance to Migrants in the first half of 2013

Within the framework of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR), IOM Bratislava assisted 26 individuals with return to their country of origin. Most of the returnees returned to Vietnam, China, Armenia, Russia, Afghanistan, India and Moldova.

From January to June 2013 the total volume of reintegration assistance was €28,742.80. The assistance was provided to 20 individuals or entire families who returned to country of origin within AVRR Programme and who applied for reintegration grant. Reintegration assistance was delivered in Vietnam, Armenia, China, Moldova, Russia, India and Serbia (Kosovo), and included support of education, businness, material assistance, temporary accommodation and health care for returnees.

Read more: statistics of the AVRR Programme from 2004.

Meeting of the Voluntary Return European Network

IOM Bratislava organised a meeting of members of the Voluntary Return European Network (VREN) that took place in Bratislava on 25 March 2013. The participants - representatives of consulates operating in Slovakia and Austria, the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Police Force Presidium of the Ministry of Interior, NGOs and IOM – were informed about the current situation in the field of voluntary returns in Slovakia and the progress of the VREN project. The aim of the project is to identify the needs, priorities and best practices in the field of voluntary returns in selected EU Member States, Switzerland and the main countries of transit and origin. There is also a VREN web platform which serves for exchanging, sharing and coordination of information about voluntary returns among partners.

Assistance to Slovak Citizens Returning from Canada

Since October last year, IOM Bratislava helps the citizens of the Slovak Republic, whose asylum was rejected in Canada and they return back to Slovakia. IOM provides them pre-return assistance, departure assistance from Canada, assistance at transit airports, upon arrival assistance in Slovakia and reintegration assistance - material assistance, temporary accommodation, legal, educational or business set-up assistance. The provided assistance is a part of the Canadian Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme. Since the beginning of the program, 43 Slovak citizens were returned from Canada to Slovakia with the assistance of IOM.

Reintegration assistance to foreigners in 2012

The IOM International Organization for Migration within the framework of the Programme of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration provides migrants with assistance also after the return to their country of origin. The reintegration grants assist migrants in solving their life situation immediately following their return, e.g. by providing for a temporary accommodation, basic needs and by support of activities necessary to get a stable income. The IOM assistance includes: activities to enable the migrant to increase his/ her qualification and hence to increase the chances of finding a job; activities leading to finding a job; legal counselling; health care and assistance with the launching of a micro business.

In 2012 IOM assisted in 27 cases, when individuals or entire families returning to Moldova, Vietnam, Kosovo and Armenia, etc. were offered and granted reintegration assistance in the form of services and goods reimbursement in the amount of €42,033.

Examples of successfully implemented reintegration schemes in 2012 include: farms, shops (clothes, bookshop, etc.) and many others.

In 2012 IOM assisted 54 migrants with returning home

In 2012 the IOM International Organization for Migration assisted 54 migrants from 16 countries to return from Slovakia to their country of origin. Most of them returned to: Moldova, Kosovo, Vietnam and Russia. The return and in selected cases also the subsequent reintegration assistance was arranged within the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR) based on an agreement with the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.

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Reintegration assistance to foreigners in 2011

Within the framework of the Programme of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration IOM International Organization for Migration provides migrants with assistance after the return to their country of origin. Migrants returning home can benefit from assistance with setting up their own small business as a potential source of income; requalification increasing their employability; job search; migrants’ basic needs provision upon their arrival home; temporary accommodation; and legal assistance or medical assistance.

In 2011 IOM assisted 26 cases of individuals and entire families returning to Ukraine, Vietnam, Georgia, Serbia (including Kosovo), Moldova, Iraq, Armenia, and Azerbaijan who were offered and granted reintegration assistance in the form of services and goods reimbursement in the amount of €35,783.79.

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In 2011 IOM assisted 95 migrants with returning home

In 2011 the IOM International Organization for Migration assisted 95 migrants from 17 countries to return from Slovakia to their country of origin. Most of them returned to: Ukraine, Vietnam, China and Russia. The return and in selected cases also the subsequent reintegration assistance was arranged within the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR) based on an agreement with the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.

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UNSC Resolution 1244 - administered Kosovo: Production of milk

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One of the successful examples of reintegration assistance provided by IOM Bratislava is the story of Nikola from Serbia- Kosovo. Nikola was an irregular migrant who decided to return back home to look after his sick father.

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UKRAINE: Insulation and reconstruction of a house

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Mr. Bogdan Rudyk comes from Ukraine, one of the biggest and poorest countries in Europe.

Due to bad economic situation 50-year old Bogdan and his wife decided to leave Ukraine and search for a job in Slovakia. After their plan failed they decided to make use of assistance offered by IOM International Organisation for Migration and return home within the framework of the AVRR programme.

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Reintegration assistance to foreigners in 2010

The IOM International Organization for Migration within the framework of the Programme of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration provides migrants with assistance also after the return to their country of origin. The reintegration grants assist migrants in solving their life situation immediately following their return, e.g. by providing for a temporary accommodation, basic needs and by support of activities necessary to get a stable income. The IOM assistance includes: activities to enable the migrant to increase his/ her qualification and hence to increase the chances of finding a job; activities leading to finding a job; legal counselling; health care and assistance with the launching of a micro business.

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IOM assisted 127 migrants with returning home from Slovakia in 2010

In 2010 the IOM International Organization for Migration helped 127 migrants to return from Slovakia to 21 countries worldwide, mostly to Vietnam, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. The return and in selected cases also the subsequent reintegration were arranged within the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR).

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Information campaign on voluntary returns in 6 languages

IOM International Organization for Migration in Slovakia launched in 2009 the first Slovak nationwide information campaign on the Assisted Voluntary Returns and Reintegrations Programme. The IOM Office communicated information about the programme in six languages – Slovak, English, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic. The key motif of the campaign was represented by a word HOME expressed in these languages and the visible number of the low-rate information AVRR Programme helpline 0850 211 262 by which IOM provides information regarding the programme, consultations and counselling.

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Reintegration assistance to foreigners in 2008 and 2009

Migrants returning home with the IOM assistance could within the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme obtain assistance with reintegration in the country of origin in the form of services and goods reimbursement. The goal of this assistance is to increase the chances of a migrant to reintegrate into the society in the country of origin through activities which focus on doing business, qualification increase, social and legal counselling.

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IOM helped to 139 migrants to return home in 2009

In 2009 139 migrants returned from Slovakia to their coutries of origin with the assistance of IOM International Organization for Migration. IOM arranged them an assisted voluntary return within the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR), which has been carried out in Slovakia since 1998 based on an agreement between IOM and the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.

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Success stories

Films - Stories of migrants

Photogallery

Voluntary Return and Reintegration in Country of Origin (Individual Project).

This project is co-funded by the European Union from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Internal Security Fund.

Assisted Voluntary Returns and Reintegrations
International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia