One of the most concerning problems that faces Croatia today is certainly the population decline that has reached new heights over the past few years. According to new reports the most vulnerable group are the 25 to 45 year-old demographic who look to other European Union members, such as Germany, Ireland and Sweden, as destinations for migration.
The Department of History of the Croatian Catholic University have carried out a research, using a sample of 1,200 respondents, who have migrated to Germany in the past three years. This survey reveals that 79 percent of Croatian immigrants are “extremely happy” with their new life in Germany, and over 88 percent don’t regret leaving Croatia.
It is estimated that around 250,000 Croatians have left the country in the past few years and the country faces a serious decline in population.
The largest number of Croatians leave for “better economic conditions abroad” and a lack of employment at home. Regionally, the greatest tendency for migration is shown by respondents from Zagreb and Central Croatia, Slavonia and Baranja, which is also in line with the data of the Central Bureau of Statistics.
And worrying only 15 percent of the respondents in the new survey commented that they planned to return to Croatia in the future.