UNHCR in Slovenia

What is the role of UNHCR in Slovenia?

Slovenia is a party to the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol and the Government has the responsibility to process asylum claims and to decide whether somebody can be granted a refugee status in Slovenia. In Slovenia, therefore, UNHCR does not register refugees, UNHCR does not receive or process asylum or resettlement applications and UNHCR does not issue refugee documents. The government is responsible for that.

The role of the UNHCR in Slovenia is to assist, advise and advocate for the government and NGOs to do the following:

  • Ensure asylum-seekers can gain access to the EU territory, and asylum procedures;
  • Monitor and improve reception conditions of asylum-seekers and ensure they are treated with respect, particularly where age, gender, diversity and special needs are issues of concern;
  • Ensure that refugee determination procedures are fair and efficient, and that the asylum legislation and the work of asylum authorities reflect international legal standards;
  • Put in place functioning integration and resettlement policies and programs, and promote a social climate that welcomes refugees, and rejects xenophobia and racism.

How to contact UNHCR in Slovenia?

Slovenia is covered by the UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Please note that UNHCR does not offer any appointments or individual counselling in Slovenia, and we would advise you to contact the relevant government office (Slovenian and English language) or NGOs (Slovenian language) in Slovenia for support. You can also visit our “Where to seek help” page. You may contact UNHCR via the following contact details if you have any questions regarding its role in Slovenia.

UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe

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