Socioeconomic characteristics of international migrants, Slovenia, 2020

Positive net migration of the tertiary educated in 2020

In 2020 the educational structure of emigrants was similar to that of the entire population of Slovenia. Employment was the top reason to immigrate for foreign citizens.

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Emigrants’ education similar to that of the entire population of Slovenia

36,110 people immigrated to Slovenia in 2020; nearly two thirds of them were aged 25–64. Among these, nearly 24% had basic education or less, 56% had upper secondary education and 21% had tertiary education.

In the same year 17,745 people emigrated from Slovenia; 70% of them were aged 25–64. Among them, just under 21% had basic education or less, 61% had upper secondary education and 19% had tertiary education.

45% of immigrants with Slovenian citizenship aged 25–64 had tertiary education, while among foreign immigrants the share of tertiary educated was significantly lower: 12%. Among emigrants in the same age group, the difference was very similar: 40% of emigrants with Slovenian citizenship had tertiary education, while about 10 % of foreign emigrants were tertiary educated.

The education structures of Slovenian and foreign citizens (aged 25–64) who emigrated in 2020 were similar to the education structures of these two groups among the population of the same age.

Among those who immigrated to Slovenia in 2020, 313 held a doctorate of science; among emigrants, 137 had attained this level of education.

Employment top reason to immigrate for foreign citizens

Out of the 24,750 foreign immigrants to Slovenia in 2020, the most came to Slovenia to work (58%). Many also immigrated to join their family members (31%), whereas other reasons (e.g. to study) were less common.

Among Slovenian citizens (aged 25–64) who immigrated to Slovenia in 2020, 50% were employed at the end of the year. Among foreign immigrants of the same age, 71% were employed. 42% of Slovenian citizens (aged 25–64) who emigrated in 2020 were employed prior to emigration, as were 78% foreign emigrants. For comparison: on 1 January 2021, 75% of all population of Slovenia (aged 25–64) were employed.

The SiStat database contains the series of data on socio-economic characteristics of international migrants. The data series is completed with data for 2020.
Immigrants and emigrants aged 15 or more by education, Slovenia, 2020
Immigrants and emigrants aged 15 or more by education, Slovenia, 2020
Source: SURS
Immigrants and emigrants aged 15 or more by activity status, citizenship and sex, Slovenia, 2020
ImmigrantsEmigrants
totalmenwomentotalmenwomen
Migrants32,18821,10111,08716,12211,3754,747
active18,78215,1693,61310,3678,6111,756
  employed17,35914,2173,1429,5608,0531,507
  unemployed1,423952471807558249
inactive13,4065,9327,4745,7552,7642,991
Citizens of the RS10,5576,1974,3604,8862,5092,377
active3,7622,3971,3651,8881,070818
  employed3,0901,9871,1031,596912684
  unemployed672410262292158134
inactive6,7953,8002,9952,9981,4391,559
Foreign citizens21,63114,9046,72711,2368,8662,370
active15,02012,7722,2488,4797,541938
  employed14,26912,2302,0397,9647,141823
  unemployed751542209515400115
inactive6,6112,1324,4792,7571,3251,432
Source: SURS
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