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Addressing the Needs of Forced Migrants in the 21st Century


The seminar welcomed 17 lecturers from Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Senegal, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Kingdom. During 3 days in Bratislava, Slovakia, these experts from international organisations, institutions and non-governmental organisations lectured about:

  • Migratory trends and international governance;
  • Enhancement of safe and legal pathways for migrants;
  • Protection of migrants;
  • Empowerment of refugees of the 21st century.

They presented, among other, experiences from the West Africa, Middle East and Afghanistan.
The final programme of the seminar can be downloaded here:


Apart from the day sessions, the programme included also two public evening events: "The Good Lie" Film Screening about Sudanese refugees resettled to the USA and Discussion Evening "Refugee Camp, My Home" with Kilian Kleinschmidt about dire conditions which refugees face,  screening of a documentary film "Salam Neighbor". For more information see the section Evening Programme.


The seminar outputs are available in the section Lecturers and Outputs. They include the podcasts (audio) from lectures, presentations, videos and other materials which were used by the presenters.
Photos from the seminar and its evening programme are available under the section Photo Gallery.
Press release and media coverage of the seminar is listed under the section In Media.


The 2017 seminar targeted mainly professionals from the Slovak public administration and non-profit sector who deal with or are interested in the topics related to migration of third-country nationals. The seminar for the first time opened up also to participants coming from/nominated by other EMN National Contact Points based in all EU Member States and Norway.
Variety of participants attended the seminar, coming from/representing Slovakia and nine other countries. Among more than 60 participants were representatives of state and public administration, state implementing authorities, intergovernmental organisations, non-profit sector and volunteering initiatives, academia, foreign embassies of both EU and non-EU countries, as well as research institutes and think-tanks.

Co-funded by the European Union Co-funded by the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic © IOM 2017. All rights reserved.