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Immigration to Croatia

Croatian immigration laws & rules

Croatia is not traditionally a country of immigration. Only after the liberation of the country from communism in 1991, people began immigrating to Croatia. A large number of persons immigrated to Croatia between 1992 and 1999. Most of the people that immigrate to Croatia are from Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Many of them are Roman Catholic ethnic Croats. The Croatian authorities stated in a recent report that the number of immigrants to Croatia was far greater than the number of emigrants in the period between 1992 and 1999. In this period, over 300 thousand persons came to Croatia, while less than 80 thousand men and women left this country. Most immigrants are between 15 and 49 years old. The favourite place of residence for people that immigrate to Croatia is the capital city of this country, Zagreb. In 1998, 18.8 per cent of immigrants chose Zagreb as their new home. Other areas of interest for immigrants to Croatia are the Hrvatsko Primorje Gorski Kotar County and the Karlovac County.

In 2000, the number of immigrants to Croatia decreased by 10.7 per cent to 29,385 immigrants. More than half of the persons that immigrate to Croatia are women between 20 and 39 years of age.

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