The Slovene International Protection Act recognizes two statuses: refugee status (permanent residence permit) and subsidiary protection status (temporary residence permit).

Individuals under international protection have free access to the labour market and do not need a work permit. Beneficiaries of international protection have free access to the labour market 9 months after lodging an asylum application, if a decision has not been received yet and the delay cannot be attributed to the beneficiary of international protection. Persons with a recognized refugee status do not need a work permit and have equal access to the labour market as Slovene nationals. Once granted international protection in Slovenia, beneficiaries of international protection have the right to attend a free-of-charge Slovene language course, as well as a right to financial and social assistance, child benefits, social welfare, public services and integration activities. They can also get their skills, diploma, certificates or trainings recognized at the ENIC-NARIC centre in Slovenia.


About Skills2Work

The Skills2Work project aims to promote labour market integration of refugees* by promoting the early validation of formal and informal skills and competences. This is achieved by supporting the reception framework and capacities of relevant authorities, service providers and employers, and by enhancing access to information and services regarding the recognition of skills and qualifications of refugees.  

*For the sake of clarity and simplicity, the term "refugees"  is used on this website to refer to all beneficiaries of international protection (both Geneva Convention refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection).

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