To bring an Inkscape SVG into GIMP as paths, right click on the little triangle in the Path palette to bring up the Path Menu option, then go to Import Path.
Just follow the dialog. There are two options at the bottom. Merge Imported Paths
will cause all the vectors to be imported as one path. Scale Imported Paths to fit Layer
will scale op the extents of the SVG image to fit your gimp image size. If not merged, each path will come from Inkscape as a separate path, so combine (not group) any paths you want to be imported as a single element.