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national referral mechanism


Mechanism aimed at identifying, protecting and assisting victims of trafficking in human beings, through referral, and involving relevant public authorities and civil society.


Derived by EMN from the Conclusions on the new EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016 of the 3195th Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, 25th October 2012


  • BG: национален механизъм за насочване
  • CS: národní referenční mechanismus
  • DE: nationaler Überweisungsmechanismus
  • EL: εθνικός μηχανισμός παραπομπής
  • EN: national referral mechanism
  • ES: Mecanismo nacional de derivación
  • ET: nõustamisele suunamise riiklik mehhanism
  • FI: kansallinen ohjautumisjärjestelmä
  • FR: mécanisme national d’orientation
  • GA: meicníocht náisiúnta atreorúcháin
  • HU: nemzeti áldozatirányítási rendszer
  • HR: nacionalni referalni mehanizam
  • IT: meccanismo nazionale di riferimento
  • LT: nacionalinis nukreipimo mechanizmas
  • LV: nacionālais nosūtīšanas mehānisms
  • MT: Mekkaniżmu nazzjonali għal riferiment / ta’ referenza
  • NL: nationaal verwijsmechanisme
  • PL: krajowy mechanizm referencyjny
  • PT: mecanismo de referência nacional
  • RO: mecanism naţional de sesizare
  • SK: národný referenčný mechanizmus
  • SL: nacionalni mehanizem za napotitev
  • SV: nationell hänskjutningsmekanism
  • NO: nasjonal henvisningsordning (b); nasjonal tilvisingsordning (n)
  • KA: რეფერირების ეროვნული მექანიზმი
  • UK: національний механізм направлення
  • HY: ուղղորդման ազգային մեխանիզմ


  • national cooperation mechanism
  • NRM

Related Term(s)


1. This definition was derived for the purpose of EMN-study: Identification of victims of trafficking in human beings in international protection and forced return procedures 2014 with the support of the Office of the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator.
2. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) defines an NRM as a cooperative framework at national level by which state actors coordinate their efforts in a strategic partnership with civil society to identify, protect and assist victims of trafficking in human beings to ensure that the human rights of trafficked persons are respected and to provide an effective way to refer victims of trafficking to services. For more OSCE: National referral mechanism: joining efforts to protect the rights of trafficked persons, 2004.
3. The National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms (NREMs) are responsible for monitoring the implementation of anti-trafficking policy at the national level and play a key role in data collection on trafficking in human beings at national and EU level.