The demographic crisis that is surely one of the biggest social problems in Croatia today has seen hundreds of thousands of young, educated Croatians leave for a brighter future in other European Union members. Ever since Croatia became a full member of the EU back in 2013 the number of Croatians moving to new European pastures has grown and, apart from Germany and Sweden, one of the magnets is Ireland.
Frustrated with the economic situation, poor salaries, slow legal system, corruption and the political ineptness at home thousands of young and professionally educated Croatians have made a new life on the Emerald Isle.
And according to new data the number of Croatians who have moved to Ireland has increased tenfold in the period from 2013 to 2018 compared with the period before EU membership from 2002 to 2013, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.
Since entry into the European Union an estimated figure of 21,500 Croatians have moved to Ireland. To put that number in perspective that’s just over half the population of Dubrovnik.
The new analysis shows that the peak of the emigrant wave to Ireland was in 2016 when 5,312 people moved addresses. And last year that number had fallen to 4,346.