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Factsheet for measure SK-2022-19/2310 Updated – measures in Slovakia

Helping Refugees - Career guidance

Pomáhame odídencom - poradenstvo

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 03 May 2022 – 31 December 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Rastislav Bednarik, Daniela Keselova, Miroslava Kordosova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Measure added 18 May 2022 (updated 10 July 2023)

Background information

The active labour market measures include the projects and programmes to support integration of a third country citizen who applied for or was granted asylum or who was granted the temporary refugee status. The aim is to facilitate their inclusion into the labour market by the provision of measures and services supporting their employability and employment.

The Offices of Labour, Social Affairs and Family will provide allowances for education and training of people from Ukraine with granted temporary protection status. The support is provided within the project Help to Refugees as the Measure 1. The project was developed within the Operational Programme Human Resources.

The Act No. 92/2022 Coll. adds some amendments to the Act No. 5/2004 on employment services. Section 54 focuses on projects and programmes provided to increase the employability of job-seekers.

Content of measure

The Offices of Labour, Social Affairs and Family provided orientation for the labour market in Slovakia and career guidance for people from Ukraine with temporary refugee status. The career guidance professional helped the refugee to determine their professional goals, match them with a job, support the person in the contact with the employer, fill out forms, provide information about active labour market measures and educational possibilities, and help to overcome barriers to integration to the labour market.

The guidance process contains three face-to-face meetings. Each meeting takes about three hours. The meetings are provided in an individual or in a group form based on the client’s interest and individual needs. The clients can be provided with phone or email guidance, as well.

The target group are citizens from Ukraine and their family members with temporary refuge in the Slovak Republic, who are registered at the labour office as refugees seeking employment.

To participate in the measure, the person interested in the career guidance submits the application form at the labour office where they are registered. The travel costs for personal meetings and meals are reimbursed up to €13.38 (€4.46 per one meeting). The financial coverage of the project is provided through the system of National Projects, but the planned scope has not been entrusted.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

07 June 2023

In 2022 the measure was financed from the state budget. In 2023 it is implemented and 100% financed within the Operational Programme Human Resources, CARE ESF. The measure was extended to 31 December 2023.

Use of measure

Between 1 May 2022 and 31 December 2022 a total of 3,558 refugees participated in the measure. About 84.5% of them were women. The highest share of participants (57.6%) were between 30 and 49 years of age. Almost 25% were at the age of 50 and older. A total of €42,651 was paid to participants as a contribution to cover the costs (for fare, food, etc.) for participation in the measure in 2022.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Public employment service
European Funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of social partners in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure.

Views and reactions

No social partner's views / reactions to the measure are available.


  • 22 March 2022: Dôvodová správa k Zákonu č. 92/2022 Z. z. (
  • 22 March 2022: Lex Ukrajina II: Act No. 92/2022 Coll. on Other certain measures referred to the situation in Ukraine (Zákon č. 92/2022 Z. z. o niektorých ďalších opatreniach v súvislosti so situáciou na Ukrajine (
  • 01 April 2022: Act No. 5/2004 Coll. on Employment Services, as amended (Zákon č. 5/2004 Z. z. o službách zamestnanosti v znení neskorších predpisov) (
  • 03 May 2022: Projekt „Pomáhame odídencom – poradenstvo (
  • 02 February 2023: Call: Helping Refugees – Guidance (Výzva: Pomáhame odídencom – poradenstvo) (
  • 31 May 2023: Annual evaluation of active labour market measures implementation for 2022 (Vyhodnotenie uplatňovania aktívnych opatrení na trhu práce za rok 2022) (


Eurofound (2022), Helping Refugees - Career guidance, measure SK-2022-19/2310 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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