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May 2, 2023

Share of Foreign Population in Slovenia Up by 9% in

Foreign population rates in Slovenia have increased by nine per cent as of January 2023, accounting for almost 9,800 new residents in the country. This takes the total number of Slovene residents to 2,116,972. 

According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, the number of Slovene residents dropped by nearly 7,600 in 2022, while another 17,400 foreign citizens moved to the European country during the same period. Ukrainian citizens represented the nationality group that experienced the most significant increase – 6,100 or 250 per cent more than the previous year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. 

The official source further revealed that the Slovene population as of January consisted of almost 1.06 million men and 1.05 million women, while the share of women was higher compared to the other sex for Slovenian citizens (51.1 per cent) and 36.7 per cent among foreign citizens. 

The share of women among foreign citizens has been increasing since April 1, 20220, after being on a downward trend for more than two years, while the share of women among Slovene citizens has been slowly decreasing for some years now. 

Net migration rates per 1,000 inhabitants in Slovenia are estimated at 1.2, while the population has dropped by 0.9 per cent per 1,000 people. The population density stands at 104 people for kilometres square. In addition, the country records a -2.0 natural increase per 1,000 inhabitants. 

Furthermore, the country has recorded a 38 per cent increase in internal migration in the fourth quarter of 2022, accounting for 38,642 people. 

The authority points out a link between the increase in migration to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2020. 

“When movement between municipalities was restricted at the end of October 2020, many people chose to register their temporary residence in another municipality. The validity of these registrations expired two years later, in the 4th quarter of 2022, which was statistically registered as migrations to the municipality of permanent residence,” a press release by the Statistical Office explains. 

During the same period, 13,481 more residents were recorded in Slovenia, showing that twice more immigrants were recorded in the country compared to the same period in 2021. 

The largest increase was recorded among Ukrainians, as almost 6,000 people had arrived in Slovenia since February 24, when Russia started its invasion. 

On the other hand, the number of emigrants dropped by nine per cent to 5,370, concluding that the number of emigrated citizens of Slovenia was lower than the number of emigrated foreigners – 1,349 compared to 4,021.