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Assistance from abroad

Slovenia has very limited capacities to cope with the constant inflow of new refugees and migrants; therefore, it has asked states, in particular the EU Member States, for assistance. States and international organisations have quickly responded to the call of Slovenia and various forms of assistance are already in the country:

  

  


Material assistance

On 22nd October 2015, Slovenia requested assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism in the form of material and technical resources, protection resources and food needed for temporary accommodation and care of migrants and for the operation of rescue and humanitarian workers. So far, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Latvia and France responded to this request; the assistance was offered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the German humanitarian organization ASB (Arbeiter Samariter Bund) and, based on the bilateral cooperation, also Germany. The assistance mostly has the form of beds, blankets, sleeping bags, heated tents, protection resources as well as medical devices.

 

So far, Slovenia has accepted the offered assistance; on a daily basis, the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR) monitors and coordinates the assistance offers and also constantly cooperates with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees which, in addition to material assistance, also provides translators and consultants.

   

Photo: ACPDR


  

Assistance of the police and equipment

Slovenia is bilaterally negotiating with EU Member States about the assistance of the police and equipment. Currently, police officers from Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, France, Czech Republic, Hungary and Latvia are helping in our country; their tasks and duties are coordinated by the General Police Directorate .  

  

Slovak policemen. Photo: The Police


 

Financial assistance

Slovenia also has asked the European Commission for financial assistance. On 10th October 2015, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec informed the Vice-President of the European Commission Timmermans about the assessment of indicative costs which, in the event of acceptance of 8,000 refugees per day on average, are estimated at around 10 million EUR per month. For the most urgent needs, the European Commission has already provided to Slovenia 10.17 million EUR of emergency assistance which will be used to finance measures taken by Slovenia since 20th September; this is to strengthen the police forces in the Slovenian-Croatian border, to improve the first reception capacities, to increase accommodations by approximately 7,500 places and for accommodation costs of police officers who come from other EU Member States.

    

The Development Bank of the Council of Europe has already approved 1.5 million EUR of non-refundable funds to Slovenia.

    

    


Assistance in health care

For the uninterrupted medical care of refugees, Slovenia has asked the World Health Organization to assist the state by the coordination of international non-governmental organisations in the health care of migrants, in the purchase of 20 reanimation vehicles and in obtaining additional translators for communication in the field.