Beneficiaries of international protection are entitled to social benefits under the national social security system. Their rights in this respect are equal to Slovenian citizens and do not differ between persons with refugee and subsidiary protection status. The main authority for granting social assistance is the territorially competent Center for Social Work.
First, beneficiaries are entitled to financial social assistance, provided to all persons without other means. The current amount for single claimants is €402,58per month. If the individual also receives financial assistance for accommodation they receive 15% less of financial social assistance per month. In the case of families the amount per person is less than €402,58 calculated in accordance with the Social Assistance Benefits Act. This is complemented by other benefits under the national social security system, granted to individuals who meet the specific criteria, including child benefits, large family allowance, emergency assistance and kindergarten subsidies.
The rights to social assistance described above are the same regardless of the region of residence. However, apart from the national social security system, additional assistance is sometimes provided by municipalities and may also require beneficiaries to reside on their territory.
One considerable problem faced by beneficiaries of international protection is the lack of social security during the initial period after being granted status. The precondition for applying for social welfare is registered address of residence, which means beneficiaries must first rent an apartment or be accommodated in an integration house (see Housing). This, together with the time it takes to process their social welfare claim, can in practice take up to two months, in which time beneficiaries often have to rely on humanitarian support of welfare organisations. The IPA used to include a special “one-off financial assistance” received upon being granted status, which prevented such situations from occurring. Unfortunately, however, this provision has been erased with the reform of April 2016.