The Chapter: Reception Conditions in Slovenia contains sections on:
A. Access and forms of reception conditions
- Criteria and restrictions to access reception conditions
- Forms and levels of material reception conditions
- Reduction or withdrawal of reception conditions
- Freedom of movement
C. Employment and education
D. Health care
F. Information for asylum seekers and access to reception centres
Short overview of the reception system
The Government Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants (UOIM) is responsible for the reception and accommodation of asylum seekers in Slovenia. After the preliminary procedure, applicants are bought to the Asylum Home or its branch in Logatec where they must wait to lodge the application for international protection. Before lodging the application, individuals are accommodated in the pre-reception area of the Asylum Home or in the separate building or containers in Logatec. In practice, they are not able to leave the pre-reception area of the Asylum Home or Logatec and are de facto detained.
The Asylum Home security personnel allow them to walk in front of the Asylum Home a couple of times per day. Food is brought to them by the social workers. The rooms of the pre-reception area have limited space and do not allow for privacy or for the separate accommodation of vulnerable groups such as unaccompanied minors, single women, families, or victims of torture. The reception capacity of the pre-reception area is approximately 36 persons. However, during a large influx of persons, a higher number of persons is often accommodated.
Due to a high number of applicants in 2021, the centre in Logatec was reorganized during the year. All accommodated asylum seekers were moved to the Asylum Home in Ljubljana and Logatec was only used as a reception centre for newly arrived individuals. Individuals in quarantine can be accommodated in the containers. After the quarantine period is over, they are moved to one of the buildings where they wait until they lodge the application. They are can leave the building a few times per day when the asylum home personnel allow them a walk. They are free to move inside the building as the rooms are not locked.
After the individuals lodge the application, they are accommodated in the Asylum Home or its branch. The decision is made by social workers of the Asylum Home based on the individual circumstances (e.g. family, unaccompanied minor, single woman, other detected vulnerabilities etc.) of the applicants, as well as availability. In practice, single men are accommodated in the Asylum Home or its branch in Kotnikova. Women and families are also accommodated in the Asylum Home. Unaccompanied minors can be accommodated in the Asylum Home or the Student Dormitory in Postojna.
Large-scale centres are used for the accommodation of asylum seekers in Slovenia. The Student Dormitory Postojna, where unaccompanied minors can be accommodated, is an institutional care arrangement where a special part of the student dormitory is used for unaccompanied minors.
After the individual is granted international protection, he or she needs to leave the accommodation centre within 15 days of receiving the decision. If they are able to obtain private accommodation within this timeframe, they can move outside the reception centre. If they are not able to secure private housing, they are accommodated in the integration house in Maribor or Ljubljana. If the applicant receives a negative decision, they can continue to reside in the Asylum Home or its branch until the decision of the court becomes final.