Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Legal and administrative framework

Slovakia

The Act on Asylum (No.480/2002 Coll.) does not indicates the possibility of resettlement. However, Slovakia hosts an Emergency Transit Centre and has concluded two pertaining agreements with UNHCR and IOM (in 2009 and 2010) on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection.  slovakian and and hasand and a

Laws

* Act on Asylum (No.480/2002 Coll.)

Abstract

The Act on Asylum of 20 June 2002 was last amended by 451/2008 Coll., which entered into force 1.12.2008. Nothing in the Act indicates the possibility of resettlement. The term 'resettlement' is used in the Asylum law in relation to displaced persons (de facto refugees) who have been granted temporary shelter in Slovakia under the framework of the Directive 2001/55/EC on temporary protection.

Files attached to this content:

Act on Asylum (No.480/2002 Coll. of 20 June 2002), incl. amendment 643/2007 Coll. in English

Act on Asylum (No.480/2002 Coll. of 20 June 2002), incl. amendment 451/2008, in Slovak

UNHCR agreements

* Agreement between Slovakia, UNHCR and IOM on the transfer of refugees in need of international protection (2010)

Abstract

The Agreement between the Slovak Republic, UNHCR and IOM on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection was signed and entered into force on 22 December 2010. It mainly concerned 100 Afghani refugees and their 6 months temporary stay in the Emergency Transit Centre in Humenne.

Files attached to this content:

Agreement between Slovak Republic, UNHCR and IOM on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection (2010) in English

Agreement between Slovak Republic, UNHCR and IOM on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection (2010) in Slovak

* Agreement between Slovakia, UNHCR and IOM on the transfer of refugees in need of international protection (2009)

Abstract

The Agreement between the Slovak Republic, UNHCR and IOM on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection was signed and entered into force on 20 July 2009. It concerned the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection, in particular 98 Palestinian refugees from Iraq to the USA and their 6 months temporary stay in the Emergency Transit Centre in Humenne.

Files attached to this content:

Agreement between the Slovak Republic, UNHCR and IOM on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection (2009) in English

Agreement between the Slovak Republic, UNHCR and IOM on the humanitarian transfer of refugees in need of international protection (2009) in Slovak

Slovakia snapshot

Size: 48,845 km2

Population: 5.4 million

Year of EU Entry: 2004

In the Schengen Area: Yes

Protection Status Granted: 103 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: No

Resettled Refugees: 0

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from europa.eu.