Country Report: Naturalisation Last updated: 25/05/22


In order for beneficiaries of international protection to obtain citizenship by naturalisation they need to meet the following criteria:

  • they are 18 years old;
  • they have the means of subsistence that guarantees them (and those who they are obliged to provide for) material and social security;
  • they have passed the Slovenian language test;
  • they have not been sentenced to a prison sentence longer than three months or probation longer than one year;
  • their residence in the Republic of Slovenia has not been annulled;
  • they do not pose a threat to public order, safety or security of the state;
  • they have settled all of their tax obligations; and
  • they have pledged to respect the free democratic constitutional order founded by the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia.[1]

Beneficiaries of international protection can apply for citizenship by naturalisation after five years of continued residence in the Republic of Slovenia, which is shorter than the general period of 10 years, and they do not have to meet the additional criterion of obtaining renunciation of their previous citizenship.[2] The request for naturalisation must be lodged with the Administrative Unit of the place of residence.

Between 1995 – when the first international protection statuses were granted – and 31 December 2021, a total of 142 beneficiaries of international protection have obtained Slovenian citizenship. In 2021, 4 persons with refugee status and 1 person with subsidiary protection was granted citizenship.[3]




[1] Article 10(1) Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act, Official Gazette of RS, 1/1991 and subsequent amendments.

[2] Article 12(7) Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act.

[3] Official statistics provided by the Migration Directorate, March 2022.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation