Slovakia will continue to offer temporary safe haven to refugees

Slovakia will continue to provide temporary safe haven to refuges and asylum seekers due to an agreement between the government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on humanitarian transfer of refugees, which was approved by the Slovak Government on Wednesday, June 19.

Slovakia will continue to provide temporary safe haven to refuges and asylum seekers due to an agreement between the government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on humanitarian transfer of refugees, which was approved by the Slovak Government on Wednesday, June 19.

“Based on the agreement, Slovakia will accept 150 refugees and people under protection for six months since their entering Slovakia,” the TASR newswire stated, quoting the report on the agreement. However, there cannot be more than 50 refugees at any given time on Slovak territory, and after six months, the refugees will travel to other safe-haven countries. The Slovak government will pay expenses for 100 refugees, and the remaining 50 will be covered by the UNHCR. The agreement will become effective as of June 24, 2013 and will remain in force for 15 months.

June 20 is World Refugee Day.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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