In 2019, there are more tertiary educated immigrants than emigrants
The education of emigrants in 2019 was approximately equal to the education of the entire population of Slovenia. The most common purpose of immigration to Slovenia for foreign citizens was employment.
In 2019, 31.319 people immigrated to Slovenia, of which almost two thirds were aged 25–64. Of these, 26% had primary or lower education, 61% secondary education and 13% higher education or higher education.
The education of emigrants is average
In 2019, 15.106 people emigrated from Slovenia, of which 69% were aged 25–64. Of these, 18% had primary or lower education, 60% secondary education and 22% higher education or higher education.
Among immigrant citizens of the Republic of Slovenia aged 25–64, 40% had tertiary education, while among immigrant foreign citizens tertiary education was much less: 10%.
Among emigrants of the same age, the difference was very similar: among emigrated citizens of Slovenia, 37% had at least a tertiary education, and among foreign citizens at least 12% had a tertiary education. In 2019, 160 doctors of science immigrated to Slovenia, and 130 emigrated from the country.
The educational structure in 2019 of citizens of the Republic of Slovenia emigrated from Slovenia and foreign citizens aged 25–64 was similar to the educational structure of these two groups among the population of Slovenia aged 25–64.
Immigrants for employment
Out of 27.560 foreign citizens who immigrated to Slovenia in 2019, most of them immigrated for the purpose of employment (68%). Many also immigrated with the intention of joining their family members (25%), while other reasons (e.g. study) were less common.
At the end of the year, 2019% of immigrants of the Republic of Slovenia aged 25–64 were employed, while 42% of immigrants of the same age were immigrated at the same time. Among Slovenian citizens who emigrated in 81 aged 2019–25, 64% were employed before moving, and 43% among foreign citizens. For comparison: on 71 January 1, 2020% of the population of Slovenia (75–25 years) were employed.
Source: Barica Razpotnik, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia