If you have received international protection, you will be assigned an integration counsellor, whose main task is to make an integration plan, with activities for the first three years after obtaining your status. The counsellor works according to state integration policy which covers social, health, employment, citizen and education policies, as organized by the legal order of Slovenia. The main state institutions covering integration are: Government Office for Integration, Ministry of Labour, Employment Office, Ministry of Education and Centres for Social Work. The Office of Ombudsman of Human Rights issues reports on human rights and draws attention to shortcomings in the legal framework - including migration and asylum laws. Outside the state system there are organizations which fill in the large integration policy gap left by the network of institutional state structures.
Integration is successful when you are economically independent and your position is comparable to that of the majority population. This depends on your knowledge of the workings of institutions, Slovene language, and ability to sustain yourself. Advanced language skills are key for socialization and access to jobs and education programs. Women have the biggest employment problems. The Employment Office of Slovenia offers workshops and courses such as: training within national vocational qualifications and other non-formal knowledge and skills, or on-the-job training. If you have disabilities, you can participate in society with occupational subsidies or other specialized integration projects, as offered by the integration counsellor, and depending on your disability category.
Despite the efforts of the non-governmental sector, there is still no comprehensive integration policy in Slovenia that would fully support successful integration of refugees and other immigrants. Slovenian Philanthropy is an organization in charge of implementing the orientation program. They will offer you information, counselling, psychosocial aid, mentorship, and advocacy. They also help you to get to know institutions and offer assistance for bureaucratic procedures. They have set up a daily migrant centre in Maribor and Ljubljana, which is open every weekday from 10 to 18. Further, they help with donations, getting to know the daily life and habits in Slovenia, help with papers and social transfers, enrolment in schools, looking for flats, applying for jobs, helping with opening bank accounts and visiting hospitals. You can get legal assistance with the Legal Information Center (Pravno-informacijski center PIC). Amnesty International informs the public about the state of respect for human rights in Slovenia, and often includes in its reports an assessment of the living conditions of migrants.
Other groups and organizations are Odnos, who will help you with finding accommodation. They also organize different public events. Infokolpa supports political involvement of migrants in the sense of self-organizing for your rights. Charity Association UP helps with basic services for asylum seekers and refugees, Ambasada Rog does activist, cultural and media events, bringing people together, The Institute for African Studies organizes events and is offering help to migrants and refugees. Skuhna is a migrant owned restaurant that employs migrants and Slovenes, offers traditional food from the home-countries of migrants and connects refugees and migrants with Slovenian citizens through cooking.
In the local environment, you can meet people through work, children and students meet through school - and mutual integration happens along the way. For followers of Islam a new mosque was constructed in Ljubljana, where you can meet new people. Integration is faster if you activate with sports, education, culture, and volunteer work. Slovenes are very active hikers and climbers, and outdoor sports or gardening are one of the best ways to connect with people.
Voluntary and educational associations are accessible with knowledge of English language and some basic Slovenian. Radio Student in Ljubljana has community media radio shows where you can broadcast your ideas and reports to the public.