Place of detention

Slovenia

Country Report: Place of detention Last updated: 25/05/22

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Asylum seekers are mostly detained in the Foreigners Centre, located in Postojna, and more rarely in the Asylum Home, located in Ljubljana.

The Foreigners Centre is a specialised facility under the jurisdiction of the Police. It is a closed centre in which detention of third-country nationals for the purpose of return procedures is carried out. When the asylum seekers are detained in the Foreigners Centre, they are not separated from other third country nationals.

Currently the Foreigners Centre has a maximum capacity of 180 places. By the end of 2021 only 15 foreigners were detained in the Foreigners Centre in the return procedure. In 2021, 2,367 individuals were detained in the Foreigners Centre.[1]

In practice, asylum seekers are not detained in police stations, except for a short time during the initial police procedure which rarely exceeds 12 hours. Asylum applicants are not detained in prisons or in other regular facilities for detention. Asylum seekers are also not detained in border or airport transit zones.

In Slovenia there was only one border transit zone used in 2021. The Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana has the capacity to hold 18 people while in the transit zone. In 2021, 88 foreigners were detained in the transit zone in Ljubljana.[2]  Only foreigners can be detained in the transit zone, although not on the basis of the IPA. Once an individual expresses their intent for international protection they are no longer detained in the transit zone, but brought to the Asylum home or its branch. Asylum seekers are not detained in the transit zone but if they do apply for asylum from a transit zone, their application is not processed there (see Access to the territory and push backs).

 

 

 

[1] Official statistics provided by the Police, February 2022.

[2] Official statistics provided by the Police, February 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