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Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

Země střední a východní Evropy - migrace


Slovenia is mainly an immigration country with high migration flows from the former Yugoslavian countries. Most immigration is temporary labour migration with majority of immigrant workers being male employed in construction and manufacturing. However, Slovenia is gradually restricting the access of immigrants to its labour market. As a result of protectionist policy, the number of new immigrants dropped the fourth consecutive year in row in 2011. According to national data, the share of foreign citizens on Slovenia’s population was 4 % in 2011. In 2010, Slovenian government adopted the Strategy for Economic Migrations for 2010-20 focusing on migration of highly skilled workers. Slovenia introduced systematic measures on integration of migrants by the Decree on the Integration of Aliens (Slovenian only) adopted in 2008, followed by several integration programs.

PUBLIC DEBATE: Work and employment of migrants in times of crisis

22. 3. 13
This video is an edited record of the public debate “Work and employment of migrants in times of crisis” which took place on 18 March 2013 in Ljubljana. This public event was organized by the Peace Institute (Ljubljana) and was focused on conditions of work and employment for migrants in Slovenia. In times of economic crisis and governmental austerity measures, migrant workers can hardly find a su...
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationSlovenia

Migrant Workers from the Former Yugoslavia and European Migration Policies

14. 3. 13 Sara Pistotnik
Since the 1960s most migrants have originated from the republics of the former Yugoslavia, but after Yugoslavia’s dissolution in 1991 migration management in Slovenia has changed. What used to be internal borders became external ones and at the same time European migration policies were implemented. These pushed for labour migration and Slovenia experienced an increase in the number of migrant wor...
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationSloveniaarticles

A “Third Country” Migrant’s Experience in Slovenia

27. 2. 13 Biljana Žikić
Migrants from the so-called third countries in Slovenia face the same problems regarding employment and working conditions as Slovenian and EU citizens. But, besides the general problems which are the results of economic and political hardships in Slovenia, there are also specific migrant problems such as bureaucratic obstacles, non-existence of migrants' social networks, discursive constraints su...
Work and residence permitsSlovenia

Migrant labour in Slovenia

26. 2. 13 Veronika Bajt
Migrant workers are a population still significantly affected by informal economy and remain the least protected category of workers in Slovenia. Employment policies that once welcomed migrants to supplement the workforce deficit also due to Slovenia’s aging population have changed and now contain regulations that work against migrant employment. New restrictions have been applied, intended to ave...
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationSloveniaarticles

An overview of the migration policies and trends - Slovenia

Slovenia is predominantly an immigrant country thanks to migration flows from other republic of the former Yugoslavia – migrations started already in the 1950s and increased in the late 1990s. Many migrants born in other ex-Yu republics got Slovenian citizenship in the early 1990s when Slovenia became an independent state.
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