If a person arrives in Slovakia and claims to be an unaccompanied minor, he/she is handed to the care of the Office for Labour, Social Affairs and Family (OLSAF) in the area where the minor has been found. The OLSAF request the responsible court for preliminary ruling to provide the child with temporary institutional care and to appoint a guardian.
The Dublin Unit of the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior deals with Dublin Transfers. They would have to do an evaluation of the best interest of the child and, according to an NGO, they should do this in cooperation with the authorities for social and legal protection of children. Family reunification of unaccompanied minors is in general under the competence of the Head office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, department of social and legal protection of children.
If an unaccompanied is to be transferred to Slovakia under the basis of the Dublin III Regulation he would be united with his parents immediately. If it concerns a (re)unification with a sibling or relative, the unaccompanied minor would first be placed in an accommodation for unaccompanied minors (the children’s home) and a guardian would be appointed to take care of further (re)unification.
Head Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family
Department of social and legal protection of children
Bratislava 816 43