Around 1,200 Ukrainians awarded temporary protection status so far

Ljubljana – A total of 18,415 Ukrainian refugees have been officially registered Slovenia so far, but 4,718 are registered presently as most only pass through the country. At present, 1,225 have temporary protection status.

The data was presented to the press in Ljubljana on Friday by the head of the Office for the Support and Integration of Migrants Katarina Štrukelj, who added that some of the roughly 5,000 registered refugees were already returning home.

Accommodation centres are admitting 10 new refugees on average a day, with 325 refugees currently residing in Logatec, 95 in Debeli Rtič and 10 in Maribor.

A government regulation came into force on 10 March that activated the temporary protection of displaced persons act to provide aid to persons displaced from Ukraine after 24 February 2022 as a result of the Russian invasion.

The refugees can apply for temporary protection as well as for financial assistance in case they reside at a private address. So far 198 requests for such aid have been filed and all of the 43 that were complete have been granted – the resolution of the remaining ones is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Štrukelj also explained that the twenty orphans from Ukraine to be relocated to Slovenia in line with a plan adopted by the Slovenian government are to reside in the village of Slavina near Postojna.

The orphans, aged 1 to 7, come from the Luhansk orphanage in Eastern Ukraine and are presently in Lviv. They will be accompanied to Slovenia by 18 staff members from the orphanage. According to unofficial reports, the relocation will take place within 10 days.