The State secretary Boštjan Šefic at the press conference after the government session. Photo: STA10.03.2016 -
At today’s session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia approved a plan to relocate 567 people from Italy and Greece and resettle 20 persons from third countries. The final number of people will probably be higher, depending on the current migration situation and the final agreement on the number of relocations. Slovenia will begin to relocate people in April this year. In regular intervals (at least every three months) it will communicate to Italy or Greece the number of people that can be relocated quickly. All 20 people that are to be resettled will arrive this year.more
State Secretary Šefic at the Press Conference. Photo: STA02.03.2016 -
“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. In this respect, Šefic said that Slovenia was aware that the number of people arriving in Greece from Turkey is still high, between 2500 and 3000 migrants a day, which has put Greece under quite a strain, and the situation on the border between Macedonia and Greece is still very sensitive due to the high number of migrants waiting to cross. Therefore, Slovenia is still working for a common European solution.more
PM Cerar with President of the EC Tusk after the working meeting. Photo: STA02.03.2016 -
At their meeting at Brdo pri Kranju today, Slovenian Prime Ministe, Miro Cerar, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, urged effective implementation of the Schengen regime and assistance to Greece in protecting the external Schengen borders. At the same time, they urged a European solution to the refugee and migration crisis. Until there is an effective implemented policy, we will apply solutions that head in that direction, said the PM Cerar.more
Europe is facing the mass arrival of refugees who are fleeing their homes due to conflict and war because their life and the lives of their children are in danger.
All available government capacities and capacities offered by local communities and individuals will be used to accommodate people that need protection.
Although Slovenia will provide refugees with humanitarian aid (accommodation, food, clothes, etc.), it is important for a proper understanding of the official procedures to take into consideration that the refugees are entering Slovenia illegally, i.e. without valid identity documents or visas.
States and international organisations have quickly responded to the call of Slovenia and various forms of assistance are already in the country.