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Minister Lajčák holds talks with the head of the International Organization for Migration

Minister Lajčák holds talks with the head of the International Organization for Migration

28.6.2016 | Aktivity ministra

Bratislava (28 June) – Migration issues in the context of Slovakia’s upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union were the core topic at a meeting between Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in Bratislava.


“Migration is now perceived as a crisis and a seasonal issue but we have to get ready for this phenomenon that may stay for generations and this has to be reflected in our strategy for how to approach migration,” stated Minister Lajčák, adding that migration is a global challenge where global leadership is needed. “The International Organization for Migration and the United Nations are best fitted for this role,” noted Minister Lajčák.


In the discussion Lajčák further supported the expected inclusion of the IOM within the UN system to strengthen its position in the global system for managing the migration agenda. He also emphasized IOM’s key role in preparations for the summit on migration that will take place upon initiative by UN Secretary-General Pan Ki-moon in New York on 18 September. The minister also informed the IOM Director General that a sustainable migration and asylum policy is one of the priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.


 The IOM, with headquarters in Geneva, is the leading and de facto single global organization addressing migration issues. In cooperation with governments and civil society it helps to ensure an organized and humane management of migration, it supports international cooperation on migration issues, and provides services and counselling to governments as well as to migrants. At present it assists in all refugee and migrant transfers that are an integral part of the active European policy for this agenda, including relocations within the EU member countries, re-settlement from third countries to the EU member countries, returns from Greece to Turkey and re-admissions from Turkey to their home countries. IOM also plays important roles in addressing the migration flows from Africa. IOM relies on close cooperation with the EU, as attested by periodic visits to the EU member states that fulfilled the PRES EU role for which IOM drafted a series of recommendations.


IOM in Slovakia provides counselling to foreigners and services for their integration in Slovakia; it also provides assistance to migrants in their voluntary return from Slovakia to their home countries. IOM also implements various projects and activities for prevention of human trafficking and assistance to the victims of trafficking.


The IOM Director General, during his visit in Slovakia, will also meet with the President of Slovakia, with the Chair of the Committee for European Affairs of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, and will also have meetings at the Ministry of Interior SR and at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family SR.