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 EMN Educational Seminar on Migration: Protection of Migrants in Vulnerable Situations 

3 - 5 July 2023, (in-person event only)

Hotel Devín, Riečna 4, Bratislava

With increasing global migration and forced displacement, many migrants face risks of insecurity, violence, exploitation, abuse, and violation of their rights. During three intensive days, we will look at what makes migrants vulnerable and how to protect them, which kind of power passports have in global mobility as well as in access to opportunities, and why we keep hearing about migrant caravans. Furthermore, we will discuss different forms of modern slavery, their relation to the law, and effective assistance to its victims.

Like in previous years, we are bringing the seminar topics also to the public. In the evenings, you can join us to watch documentaries The New Europeans about migration in the European Union after recent pandemic and with ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and Buoyancy about modern slavery in the fishing industry.


Online registration was open till 16 June 2023. Professionals from the state and public administration, non-profit sector, research institutions and academia based in Slovakia or abroad who deal with or are interested in the topics related to migration of third-country nationals were encouraged to register. The English and Slovak interpreting will be provided during the seminar.


Among others, you can look forward to lectures of these international experts with hands-on experience in international migration:

  • Katarina Schwarz | Assistant Professor in Antislavery Law and Policy & Associate Director of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, The United Kingdom
  • Martha Mendoza | Investigative Journalist & Pulitzer Prize winner, Associated Press, USA
  • Nassim Majidi | Founder & Executive Director of Research and Policy & Migration and Displacement Pillar Lead, Samuel Hall, Kenya


Since 2012, the EMN Educational Seminar on Migration is a unique learning platform about migration organized in Slovakia which for three days fosters networking, experience sharing and discussions among (inter)national experts and participants from state institutions, non-profit sector and other entities. The seminar reaches out also to the public through free-of-charge discussion evenings with documentary screening.



The EMN Educational Seminar on Migration is organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia as the coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic under its work programme for the years 2023 – 2025. This event is funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. 



The EMN is an EU network of migration and asylum experts who work together to provide objective, comparable, policy-relevant information and knowledge on emerging issues relating to asylum and migration in Europe.

The EMN consists of National Contact Points in the EMN Member (EU Member States except Denmark) and Observer Countries (NO, GE, MD, UA, ME, AM, RS), the European Commission and the EMN Service Provider (ICF). IOM acts as the Coordinator of EMN in Slovakia, other members are the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic and the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.

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