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Migration and freedom of movement in Slovenia

Last update : February 2012

Here you find information on asylum, housing, work, pushbacks and detention in Slovenia. You can reach us by sending messages, writing to an inbox, calling the number. See the section Contacts

Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

Slovenia is considered as a transit country. Nevertheless, from 2015 due to the massive and strong migration from South to North (including the closure of the so-called Balkan corridor), Slovenia started to be recognized as a country of residence, too. More people are asking for international protection in comparison to the years before 2015, consequently, more people are granted international and subsidiary protection. Although, the asylum policy of the country is still one of the strictest in Europe.

Slovenia lies on the Balkan Route, a land route that is used by many migrants from Greece (Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Slovenia) to reach the northern countries of Europe. Croatia and Slovenia share almost 570 km of guarded borderline. Slovenia is the part of the Schengen zone, Croatia is the first candidate to enter the Schengen zone in 2020 or in 2021.

From 2018 there is an increasing number of pushbacks to Croatia accomplished by the police on the southern part of the borderline with Croatia. But, regardless of illegal practices of the Slovenian police, more and more people manage to cross the borders. While the government of Slovenia is developing the discourse of fear and is mostly caring about the security issues, people come, stay or go forward to other parts of Europe and the world. Please pay attention to section Pushbacks to find out more about this issue.

We explain in a Q&A form about the rights for asylum (section Asylum), i.e. international protection. A few organizations are working on issues of integration, and a few semi-formal, non-formal, grassroots initiatives working directly with refugees on issues like housing, schooling, counseling, migrant workers’ rights, access to the labor market and other daily struggles. Please look at the section Contacts to reach out to the relevant organizations to address your questions and troubles.