Slovenia: Increase in unauthorized arrivals in 2022
In 2022, Slovenia recorded an increase in the arrival of migrants and refugees. Last year, according to the National Police, more than 32,000 people crossed the country illegally. This is three times more than in 2021.
Data recently published by the Slovenian Central Police Administration show that the number of migrants and refugees intercepted at national borders without visas has exceeded 32,000. The number of persons intercepted approximately tripled – in 2021, a total of 10,198 persons were intercepted.
Most of the intercepted persons were citizens of Afghanistan, India, Burundi and Cuba. Arrivals from Burundi and Cuba are said to be facilitated by visas granted by Serbia to the citizens of these two countries, who can then continue their journey north along the Balkan route.
Migration has increased sharply in the border area near Koper, where attempts at unauthorized entry have increased by more than 55 percent, the police announced. The city lies on the Mediterranean coast between Croatia and Italy – many migrants and refugees who hope to reach Western Europe via the Balkans try to cross Italy from Croatia and Slovenia.
Many Russians and Ukrainians seek safety in Slovenia
Last year, the number of applications for international protection also increased significantly in Slovenia – by more than 450%: to 31,500 in 2022 from 5,650 in 2021.
Among the applicants for temporary international protection in Slovenia in 2022, almost all of the 7,600 applications were Russians and Ukrainians.
In recent months, the Slovenian authorities have recorded an increase in the number of Russian citizens trying to enter the country without permission. Observers say it is most likely an attempt to avoid forced recruitment for the war in Ukraine.