Article 4 IPA expressly provides that each asylum seeker must be allowed access to UNHCR and organisations providing legal counselling.
NGOs working in the Asylum Home are present on a daily basis and available to the detained asylum seekers since they have the same rights as other accommodated individuals. They provide many services including legal assistance and representation, daily activities, Slovenian language lessons, leisure activities and activities for children.
In the Foreigners Centre, NGOs are not present on a daily basis. JRS visited if the government measures regarding the pandemic allowed it in order to carry out different activities, while PIC visited the centre a few times a month to provide legal assistance.
Visits in the Foreigners Centre are allowed in accordance with the daily visitation schedule. There are no restrictions on who can visit a detainee. The same rules also apply to the media and politicians. Visits take place in a room for visitations, which is monitored by a surveillance camera. Legal representatives are allowed to meet with their detained clients regardless of the official visitation hours.
Detainees are allowed to keep mobile phones and free internet is provided to them. (see Access to NGOs and UNHCR).