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State of the World's Minorities 2006 - Slovenia

Publisher Minority Rights Group International
Publication Date 22 December 2005
Cite as Minority Rights Group International, State of the World's Minorities 2006 - Slovenia, 22 December 2005, available at: [accessed 28 November 2015]
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In Slovenia a large number of mainly former Yugoslavians remain without permanent residence and citizenship as a result of the Slovenian government's post-independence 'erasing' from the public registry of those who had not come forth before a certain deadline. Even though the Slovenian Constitutional Court in 1999 and again in April 2003 recognized the unlawfulness of the removal from the registry of more than 18,000 permanent residents and ordered the Slovenian authorities to retroactively restore their permanent resident status, only some 12,000 have had their residence permit reinstated. Following the 2003 Constitutional Court decision, the Slovenian Ministry of Interior has begun issuing permanent residence decrees with retroactive validity but, as of February 2005, only approximately 4,100 such decrees had been issued. Being without residence permits for these years has impacted negatively on the enjoyment of these individuals' pension and other social and economic rights.

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