Border procedures have so far not been in use in Slovenia. Irregular migrants are only present at the border police stations for a short time before they are either referred to the asylum procedure or returned to the country of arrival. During that time, they very rarely contact NGOs and the UNHCR. Cases when they would not be allowed to do so have been detected.
Asylum applicants who are detained are located in the Foreigner Centre in Postojna. Detainees are allowed to use their mobile phones for at least a few hours per day and free internet connection is available to them. They can also use the regular landline phones by the centre staff if they need to make important calls, especially regarding their asylum and detention cases. The detainees are also allowed to meet with visitors during appointed hours in accordance with the daily schedule. As with other asylum applicants, detained asylum applicants can be represented in the first-instance procedure by PIC, whose lawyers are available to them over phone and can visit them in person, if required.
In 2021 UNHCR supported the following organizations:
- PIC in providing information, counselling and representation to asylum seekers;
- Institute EMMA, in providing psycho-social counselling and support to asylum seekers and refugees with vulnerabilities.