Slovenia’s paper pushbacks: Hasty readmissions denying critical procedural safeguards (April 2023)


Starting in June 20181 and through late 2021, irregular crossings of people on the move from Croatia into Slovenia culminated in summary expulsions implemented via a Readmission Agreement that the two countries had reactivated alongside heavily criticised policies and laws seeking to limit access to protection in Slovenia.3 This factsheet first provides an introduction to the Readmission Agreement and its shortcomings, then discusses how its implementation in practice led to the expulsion of thousands of people on the move to Croatia while denying them access to the asylum procedure, and finally discusses the findings of Slovenian institutions, including its Supreme Court, about its illegality.