Institute for Economic Research - Slovenia
The Institute for Economic Research has a long tradition in the field of macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis. The main research fields also include demography, welfare eco-nomics and human resources. There are three persons working on the SEEMIG project at the Institute of Economic Research: Nada Stropnik (Project Manager), Nataša Kump (Thematic Expert) and Klemen Koman (Financial Manager). The Institute’s external expert is Janja Povhe (Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia). Other Slovenian project partners are the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SRC SASA) and the Maribor Development Agency (MDA), while the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia is an associated strategic partner.
Slovenian data production systems on migration
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia collects data from various registers, the main one being the Central Population Register that is kept by the Ministry of the Interior and combines data from ten registers. The main migrant groups and migration-related events for which data is available are immigration/emigration flow, immigrant/emigrant stock and asylum seek-ers. The Employment Service of Slovenia is the source of data on seasonal workers in Slovenia. However, since April 2011, certain categories of foreigners do not need a work permit for work in Slovenia and are thus no more included in the register. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) data are not reliable due to a small sample size and underrepresentation of foreigners (the majority of those with temporary residence live in collec-tive households that are not covered by the LFS). The Bank of Slovenia collected data on remittances up to 2007. The EU threshold amount of individual payments for which the purpose is registered, implemented in 2008, does not allow the identification of inflow of remittances any more. Outflow of remittances to the countries that made ex-Yugoslavia can be obtained through bilateral exchange of data. The changes in regulation (legislation, definitions, classifications and methodologies) and local self-government (new municipalities and changed borders of municipalities) have caused breaks in the time series. Since December 2007 the citizens of the EU Member States, EEA and the Swiss Con-federation, and their family members (with a residence permit for a family member for the purpose of family reun-ion, and regardless of their citizenship), do not require a work permit for work in Slovenia. In 2011, the Employment and Work of Aliens Act has extended the list of aliens who do not require a work permit to family members of the citizens of Slovenia, aliens with a permanent residence permit in Slovenia. These include refugees, aliens with a long-term resident status in another EU Member State who have been residing in Slovenia for more than a year, as long as they have a valid permit for temporary residence in Slovenia, and aliens of the Slovenian origin up to the third succes-sive generation (with a temporary residence permit).
SEEMIG Managing Migration and its Effects in South-East Europe - Transnational Actions Towards Evidence Based Strategies
The project is funded under the 3rd call of the South East Europe Programme.
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