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The position of migrant workers in Slovenia: Slovenia is awaiting ratification of the bilateral agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This week, the government discussed the report on the recent meeting between the Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Dr Ivan Svetlik, and the Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sredoje Nović, MSc, at which the Ministers also signed an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the employment of the latter's citizens in Slovenia and the implementation of the Agreement.


The Agreement comprehensively regulates the conditions and procedures of employment and seasonal employment for migrant workers in Slovenia. It stipulates the general principles for managing relations between the parties to the Agreement regarding employment in Slovenia, which consider the reference framework of EU policy on comprehensive migration policy, emphasising the strengthening of partner dialogue with third countries, the significance of circular migration, lessening the effect of the brain drain, ethical staffing, etc. With this agreement, Slovenian and Bosnia and Herzegovina have taken a new step towards improving the position of migrant workers in Slovenia, particularly because jobs will be dealt with by the Employment Service, so workers will receive information about their employers in advance, and recruiting will no longer be done through informal networks.


Upon signing the Agreement on employment, Mr Svetlik also stressed the significance of promptly implementing the Agreement on social security which was signed by the ministers in December and ratified by the Slovenia National Assembly in March 2011, but which needs to be ratified by Bosnia and Herzegovina for it to be implemented. This will enable Bosnian workers without permanent residence in Slovenia to receive financial compensation when they are unemployed, after meeting some conditions. Mr Nović explained that it has taken so long to ratify the agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina because of the delay in forming the parliament.


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