In 2018 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.
Emigrants’ education similar to that of the entire population of Slovenia
According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, 28,455 people immigrated to Slovenia in 2018; nearly two thirds of them were aged 25–64. Among these, a little over 22% had basic education or less, just over 62% had upper secondary education and 15% had tertiary education.
In the same year 13,527 people emigrated from Slovenia; 70% of them were aged 25–64. Among them, 19% had basic education or less, 57% had upper secondary education and 24% had tertiary education.
43% of immigrants with Slovenian citizenship aged 25–64 had tertiary education, while among foreign immigrants the share of tertiary educated was significantly lower: 11%. Among emigrants in the same age group, the difference was similar: 39% of emigrants with Slovenian citizenship had tertiary education, while about 12 % of foreign emigrants were tertiary educated.
Among those who immigrated to Slovenia in 2018, 163 held a doctorate of science; among emigrants, 104 had attained this level of education.
The education structures of Slovenian and foreign citizens (aged 25–64) who emigrated in 2018 were similar to the education structures of these two groups among the population of the same age.
Employment top reason to immigrate for foreign citizens
Out of the 24,101 foreign immigrants to Slovenia in 2018, the most came to Slovenia to work (64%). Many also immigrated to join their family members (28%), whereas other reasons (e.g. to study) were less common.
Among Slovenian citizens (aged 25–64) who immigrated to Slovenia in 2016, 42% were employed at the end of the year. Among foreign immigrants of the same age, 79% were employed. 41% of Slovenian citizens (aged 25–64) who emigrated in 2018 were employed prior to emigration, as were 68% foreign emigrants. For comparison: on 1 January 2019, 74% of all population of Slovenia (aged 25–64) were employed.
New in the SiStat database
The SiStat database contains the series of data on socioeconomic characteristics of international migrants. The data series is completed with data for 2018. Data are published for immigrants and emigrants.
Immigrants and emigrants aged 15 or more by activity status, citizenship and sex, Slovenia, 2018