New laws passed this evening strip refugees and asylum seekers of protections to which they are entitled under international and EU law and are a serious backward step for human rights in Slovenia, said Amnesty International. The amendments to the Aliens Act allow for special emergency measures that would deny entry to people arriving at the borders and automatically expel migrants and refugees who have entered Slovenia irregularly, without properly assessing their asylum claims or the risks to which they would be exposed upon return.
The Slovenian parliament must reject amendments to the Aliens Act that, once triggered, would deny refugees and asylum seekers the protections to which they are entitled under international and EU law, Amnesty International said following the adoption of the amendments by the government today.
At today’s correspondence session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia decided to take in, based on the allocated quota, 40 Syrian citizens who all fulfil the refugee status recognition criteria and are coming from Turkey.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Since the summer of 2015 Slovenia has been witnessing an increase in the number of migrants from Croatia on the Slovenian border, due to the rapidly changing migration route in the region. The first larger groups of 278 migrants arrived at the Slovenian border with Croatia on 18 September 2015.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
EU relocation scheme is helping to share asylum-seekers around Europe and reduce pressure on Greece, Turkey and Italy.
“I have to pinch myself because I think I’m dreaming,” says pharmacist Mazen Al-Khatib Al-Masri, whose family is finally safe in Slovenia after fleeing the dangers of Damascus.
He still remembers landing on an uninhabited Greek island and living “like Robinson Crusoe”. “There were just the dolphins in the sea,” adds his wife, Heba Kanon, showing a photo of their boat on her smartphone.
Slovenia – On 12 May 2016 the first group of persons seeking international protection arrived from Greece to Slovenia under the EU relocation agreement. In total 28 people (5 families with 14 children and 4 single men) coming from Iraq and Syria arrived at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The group was welcomed at the airport by representatives of IOM Slovenia and was further on taken by the Ministry of the Interior to the asylum centre in Ljubljana where their applications for international protection were submitted.
European Economic and Social Committee
Mission Report – Slovenia, 13-14 January 2016
The government approves the plan to relocate 567 persons from Italy and Greece and resettle 20 from third countries.
In his statement today, the State Secretary at the Ministrz of the Interior, Boštjan Šefic, said that it was difficult to assess developments only a day after the agreement in Brussels. The new situation regarding migration will be carefully assessed by the operational group in the next few days, and a further course of action will be taken on its basis. This will be adapted to the fact that there is currently no spontaneous migration. According to Šefic, illegal migration cannot be completely excluded, so control of the border remains tightened.
Yesterday, on 7 March 2016, EU heads of state or government adopted a statement committing them to fully implement the decisions of the European Council of 18 and 19 February 2016 which state that the Schengen Borders Code should be fully applied again and that the existing mode of migration along the Western Balkans route should come to an end. This means that the following persons will be able to enter Slovenia:
“The situation in Slovenia is normal, stable and there is nothing unusual,” State Secretary Boštjan Šefic, who coordinates the refugee issue in Slovenia, said at a press conference today. Since mid- February up to 800 migrants a day have arrived, and sometimes there are none. Slovenia will continue to implement the Schengen rules strictly.
The National Assembly of Slovenia is debating a comprehensive rewrite of the country’s International Protection Act (Zakon o mednarodni zaščiti); the draft, to be considered and potentially voted on at the third plenary hearing today would in its current form represent a significant step back from guaranteeing all asylum seekers the right to have their asylum application effectively determined.
New York, 26 February 2016
The Secretary-General is following with great concern the increasing number of border restrictions along the Balkan land route, including in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Such border restrictions are not in line with the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 protocol because individual determination of refugee status and assessment of individual protection needs are not made possible.
“Since the beginning of the migration crisis, Slovenia has been active, and this activity has yielded results – our initiative to stop irregular migration has been heard, accepted and supported by a large majority of leaders of European countries. It is also the only initiative to resolve the migration crisis that has begun to be implemented,” said Prime Minister Miro Cerat at today’s press conference after the meeting of the European Council.
by Neža Kogovšek Šalamon
In the fall of 2015 Slovenia faced an unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants, many of whom wanted only one thing: to cross through the country and get to Western Europe.
At first, the Slovenian authorities planned to treat the migrants according to standard border control protocols: they would allow only those applying for asylum in Slovenia to enter the country. Those simply using Slovenia as a “transit country” to get to Western Europe would be denied entry and promptly returned to neighboring Croatia.
“Today, the government adopted the first in a series of expected measures intended to control the influx of migrants,” the interior minister Vesna Györkös Žnidar said after today's press conference following the regular government session. This is Slovenia’s response to Austria limiting the intake of migrants, about which the Austrian interior minister sent official information today. The measure will come into force today at 22.00, when a new train with migrants from Croatia is expected.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 19 January 2016 – With up to 3,000 refugees and migrants passing through Slovenia each day, UNICEF and the Government of Slovenia today announced a partnership aimed at improving the care and protection of children on the move.
At today's press conference, the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Boštjan Šefic, highlighted that all Slovenia’s activities regarding control of the flow of migrants were focused on maintaining the normal functioning of the state and providing suitable security, which it is achieving through international cooperation. This ensures that Slovenia will continue to control the flow of migrants as it has so far. Vital measures are moving towards establishing joint agreements, which is essential for the normal functioning of all countries along the Western-Balkan route.