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Factsheet for measure SI-2022-11/2270 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 09 March 2022 – 09 March 2023|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||13 May 2022 (updated 21 June 2022)|
Following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and a massive exodus of population, the temporary protection for persons displaced from Ukraine was activated by adopting the government decision on 9 March 2022 ( Decision establishing temporary protection for persons displaced from Ukraine ). The further Decree on the methods for ensuring the rights of persons enjoying temporary protection (24 March 2022) determined the rights of persons with temporary protection and applicants for temporary protection.
Refugees from Ukraine were endowed with the right to accommodation and other entitlements, such as income support, access to the labour market and admission to education from pre-school to university level. The Government Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants made the information on measures available by printed and online brochures, a webpage and a free call number.
The measure is limited to one year with two further possible extensions of six months.
From the outset of the war in Ukraine, the refugees, who had not found refuge with relatives or acquaintances, are housed in state and private accommodation centres where food and other necessities are provided. More than a hundred hotels, hostels and apartment providers replied to the public call for private accommodations, offering 600 beds to Ukraine refugees.
On 24 March 2022, the Decree provided financial support for persons under temporary protection and living in private apartments. On the ground of the tenancy contract, the refugee may apply for private accommodation support. An adult obtains the maximum monetary support of €421 a month from which the income the person may continue to receive is deducted. The total support is adjusted to the size of the family. It amounts to:
For instance, an adult with two children may receive €675 for private accommodation support. Support for accommodation is paid on top of the minimum income support reported in Income support and other humanitarian measures for Ukrainian refugees .
The Government Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants has to assist refugees in administrative procedures, providing support by its staff or subcontracted service providers.
On 6 May 2022, about 500 Ukraine refugees are in accommodation centres, the rest stays with relatives and friends or rent private apartments. So far, about 6,000 Ukrainian citizens have applied for temporary protection, and 2,396 procedures are already concluded by recognising the status. The police reported the registration of 5,728 Ukraine citizens. According to The Government Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants, this number is lower than the number of applications because some have already returned to Ukraine or moved to other European countries.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The measure was adopted without prior consultation with social partners.
In press releases, social partners expressed their solidarity with Ukrainian refugees. On the other hand, the media raised the question of unequal treatment of refugees on the ground of their origin. They asked why the ‘decent treatment’ of Ukraine refugees is not applied to all. In their letter, asylum seekers stressed double standards when Ukraine citizens and when other refugees are concerned. The state provided new beds and better food for Ukraine refugees in accommodation centres. They, moreover, are allowed to stay in private accommodations, have immediate access to work and receive income support, privileges asylum seekers can only dream of. Asylum seekers thus demanded equal treatment, the right to work and access to the social system, the right to free movement, access to decent health care, decent housing in asylum centres and legal assistance to which they have otherwise the lawful right.
Eurofound (2022), Accommodation of refugees from Ukraine, measure SI-2022-11/2270 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2022-11_2270.html
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