Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia
On 26th January 2017, Slovenia's National Assembly passed an amendment to its Alien's Act that allows the authorities to employ 'emergency measures' to deport and deny entry to any migrant or refugee without reviewing the individual's case beforehand. According to Amnesty International, the amendment contravenes international and EU law on the protection of refugee and migrants' rights.
Sporadic protests over the government's policy towards refugees and migrants entering Slovenia have taken place over the last several months.
On 20th January 2017, approximately 50 people gathered in the capital, Ljubljana, to protest the amendment to the Alien's Act, which was passed several days later.
On 15th March 2017, approximately 300 Slovenes held a demonstration in the municipality of Koper over the government's decision to house migrants en route to Muggia (Trieste).