Detention of vulnerable applicants


Country Report: Detention of vulnerable applicants Last updated: 12/05/23


Children and unaccompanied children asylum seekers cannot be detained in the Foreigners Centre according to Article 84(2) IPA. However, they can be detained in the Asylum Home. In practice, unaccompanied children have also been de facto detained in the reception area of the Asylum Home or its branch Logatec for periods reaching up to 20 days until the lodging of their asylum application.

Victims of torture and other vulnerable people can be detained in the Foreigners Centre, but according to the law special attention has to be paid to their health, including their mental health, and regular monitoring and appropriate assistance guaranteed taking into account their specific circumstances.[1]

Unaccompanied minors cannot be detained in the Foreigners Centre if they lodged the application for international protection. Other minors and unaccompanied children who are detained in the Foreigners Centre are considered as potential victims of trafficking. In 2022, 172 children and 67 unaccompanied children were detained in the Foreigners Centre. In 2022,one detained person was recognised as vulnerable as a victim of trafficking.[2]




[1] Article 84(9) IPA.

[2] Information provided by the Police, February 2023.

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