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INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION


The Republic of Slovenia provides international protection and allows for accommodation in an integration house, financial compensation for private accommodation and a passport for a refugee upon recognised international protection status.


The purpose of international protection is to provide protection to those individuals to whom protection is not provided by their countries of citizenship or permanent residence (countries of origin). 


Any foreigner or person without citizenship who thinks that he or she is systematically persecuted in their home country due to his or her political belief or due to his or her religion, race, nationality or ethnic origin may ask for international protection.


Anyone who thinks that his or her life or freedom would be endangered or he or she could be exposed to torture or inhuman treatment or punishment upon returning to his or her home country may also ask for international protection. The competent body, the International Protection Procedures Division of the Ministry of the Interior, decides on the application.


The intention of filing an application for international protection can be communicated by the applicant at any state body or authority of local communnity; however, this body needs to refer the applicant to the International Protection Procedures Division of the Ministry of the Interior or to the asylum home. In any event, the formal receipt of an application for international protection in the presence of an appropriate translator or interpreter is performed at the asylum home, where the applicant will be accommodated after the receipt of the application.


The conditions for the granting of international protection are laid down by the International Protection Act.


Refugee status is granted to a third-country national who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of belonging to a certain race or ethnic group, a certain religion, nationality, special social group or political belief, is outside the country of which he or she is a citizen, and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country, or a stateless person who is outside of the country of his or her former habitual residence and is unable or, owing to well-founded fear, unwilling to return to it, if the reasons for exclusion referred to in the first paragraph of Article 21 of this Act are not present.

 

Subsidiary protection status is granted to a third-country national or a stateless person who does not qualify for refugee status, but in respect of whom substantial grounds have been shown for believing that the person concerned, if returned to his or her country of origin, or in the case of a stateless person, to the country of his or her former habitual residence, would face a justified risk of suffering serious harm as defined in Article 28 of this Act, if the reasons for exclusion referred to in the first paragraph of Article 21 of this Act are not present.

 

After the receipt of the application for international protection, the person is accommodated in the asylum home, where he or she has a right to food, clothing, footwear and toiletries. Upon accommodating the applicant in the appropriate department, he or she receives an accommodation package, which contains all necessary sanitary products and bedding.

 

As regards the reception, an applicant has the right to:

- reside in the Republic of Slovenia,

- basic care in the event of accommodation in the Asylum Centre or its branch,

- financial assistance in the event of accommodation in a private residence in accordance with this Act,

- emergency medical treatment,

- education,

- access to the labour market,

- humanitarian aid,

- an allowance.


Applicants for international protection have the right to reside in Slovenian from the date of filing the application for international protection until the final decision on the application. This right enables the applicant to move freely throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Slovenia. Immediately after the filing of the application, an official issues an international protection applicant card, which serves as a temporary residence permit.


A refugee counsellors provide support and legal assistance in the procedures as per International Protectin Act at the Administrative Court of the Republic of Slovenia and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia.


Until the available accommodation capacities are full, the Ministry provides persons who have been granted international protection with accommodation in the integration house or other accommodation facilities of the Ministry, but for no longer than one year following the day they obtain the status.


When the applicant is guaranteed private accommodation and concludes a tenancy agreement, the Ministry of the Interior grants him or her financial compensation for private accommodation for 18 months following the day of the acquisition of the status. The person granted international protection is entitled to financial compensation for accommodation in a private residence for a further 18 months if the person attended the course referred to in the third paragraph of Article 103 of this Act in the first 18 months after acquiring the status, and was present in at least 80 per cent of the classes.


The amount of financial compensation for private accommodation depends on the number of family members who hold an international protection status and who exercise the right to financial compensation for private accommodation. Single persons with international protection are entitled to financial compensation for private accommodation in the amount of basic minimum income. If the contractual amount of rent and other costs arising from renting a dwelling is lower than the amount of the financial compensation for private accommodation to which the person with international protection is entitled, the financial compensation is reduced accordingly. Furthermore, the amount of financial compensation for a person with international protection who has his or her own income, or whose subsistence is ensured in another way, is reduced in relation to his or her income and the income of the family members, respectively.

 

Persons with recognised refugee status may file an application for the issue of a passport for refugees.  The passport is issued with a validity of ten years. 

 

Persons with granted subsidiary protection use their national passport. If a person does not have its national passport, the competent authority for the duration of subsidiary protection issues a passport for foreigners, unless there are grounds for refusal in accordance with the law governing the entry, exit and residence of foreigners in the Republic of Slovenia.

 

 

 

Additional Information:

Internal Administrative Affairs, Migration and Naturalisation Directorate
Migration Office
International Protection Procedures Division
T: +386 1 428 43 02