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Slovenia Business Week no. 21: Work Permit Quota for Foreign Workers in 2007 Reached

The work permit quota for non-EU workers was exceeded for the first time in a decade

The work permit quota for non-EU workers was exceeded for the first time in a decade, since many citizens of former Yugoslavian republics are looking for work in Slovenia, a senior Slovenian official said after a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in Brussels.

Marko Strovs, state secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, said on Wednesday, 30 May that the quota amounted to approximately 54,000 work permits.

It is time to discuss whether Slovenia should raise the number of work permits issued per year, which is what employers strive for, said Strovs, adding that the quotas should remain the domain of the member states.

According to Strovs, to few work permits present a problem for Slovenia, since the domestic workforce does not cover all of the less paid jobs due to a well developed education system.

He added Slovenia did not face the problem of overflow of workers from EU member states.

Source: Slovenian Press Agency STA

Author: STA, Slovenian National Press Agency