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The Government discussed a report about preparing measures for the implementation of Slovenia’s migration policy

At today’s session the Government discussed a report of the interdepartmental working group preparing measures for the implementation of Slovenia’s migration policy. The report presents the current situation regarding legal and illegal immigration to Slovenia with statistical data which are significant for drawing any measures. The report further explains the activities of the working group in the reporting period and the measures it has proposed to the Government to reduce the number of abuses in the founding of companies, the issuing of work permits and, consequently, residence permits.

 

At the beginning of 2009, the number of abuses increased dramatically, which also caused problems in other signatories to the Schengen Agreement, where foreigners with Slovenian resident permits were residing illegally.

 

The measures adopted with regard to work permits (Government decrees on the limitations and prohibitions of employment, and the work of foreigners) have yielded results, as the number of abuses of procedures and, consequently, permits for first-time residents fell considerably in the second half of 2009, and in 2010, compared with the first half of 2009. So the abuse of Slovenian permits does not cause an unusual number of problems in other Schengen Area states. This was the basic goal of the working group in its first year. 


Improved and more permanent effects with regard to preventing abuse are expected from the new Employment and Work of Aliens Act prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs.

 

The members of the interdepartmental group also called for the Strategy of Economic Migration which the Government approved at the end of December 2010 to be adopted as fast as possible. This is an umbrella document intended to provide the basis for various sets of policies and measures, including an active migration policy.
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