Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 31/03/21


Asylum seekers can move freely within the territory of Slovenia. Freedom of movement is guaranteed by Article 32 of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia. In March 2020, the Government issued a general ordinance prohibiting individuals from travelling outside of their municipality, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ordinance included asylum seekers. The ordinance was revoked in February 2021.

All persons wishing to apply for asylum are first accommodated in the closed reception area of the Asylum Home in Ljubljana, where they wait for their medical examination as well as Eurodac fingerprinting and photographing, followed by the information session and the lodging of the asylum application (see Detention of Asylum Seekers).

After the lodging of the asylum application they are accommodated in the Asylum Home or one of its branch facilities, depending on their personal circumstances. Single men are normally accommodated in branch facility Kotnikova in Ljubljana, families in branch facility Logatec, and unaccompanied children in the student dormitory in Postojna. The Asylum Home is also divided into separate units for single men, families and children.

During the day, applicants can leave their place of accommodation as they wish. However, at night they have to respect the Asylum Home house rules, which state that absence from the facility is allowed during the following hours:[1]

  • Weekdays: 06:00 – 23:00, for unaccompanied children 06:00 – 21:00;
  • Weekends / holidays: 06:00 – 06:00, for unaccompanied children 06:00 – 23:00.

If they wish to leave the accommodation facility outside the prescribed hours, applicants have to obtain permission in advance. Permission cannot be issued for more than 7 days and the total amount of permissions issued cannot exceed 60 days in one year.[2] In case the applicant stays outside without the permit, his or her monthly allowance can be withdrawn (see Reduction or Withdrawal of Reception Conditions).[3]

Arbitrary departure from the appointed premises of accommodation can also have consequences on the asylum procedure itself. If the applicant leaves the premises of the Asylum Home or its branch facility and does not return after 3 days, his or her application is considered to be implicitly withdrawn.[4] If more than nine months have passed since this implicit withdrawal, the applicant can only reapply for asylum if he or she meets the admissibility conditions for a Subsequent Application.[5]

At the end of March 2021, legislative amendments that would enable to limit asylum seekers’ right to movement to the municipality in which they are accommodated were proposed. If these amendments are accepted, asylum seekers will only be able to leave the municipality for specific reasons enshrined in law (e.g. work, school, doctor appointment etc.). [6]


[1]           Article 7(1) Decree on Asylum Centre House Rules.

[2]           Article 82(5) IPA.

[3]           Article 85(1) IPA.

[4]           Article 50(2) IPA.

[5]           Article 50(3) IPA.

[6]           The legislative proposal is available in Slovenian at:

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