The demographic crisis facing Croatia is one of the largest and most complex problems the country faces. Hundreds of thousands have already left the country to look for a brighter future in other European Union members and has meant that Croatia’s actual population is certain to dip below 4 million.
By far the most affected region of Croatia is Slavonia, the area of Croatia with the lowest GDP per capita, and no research has shown that the financial strength, or weakness, of counties has a direct correlation to the migration.
In 2017 the county with the largest level of migration was the Vukovar-Srijem County, which is 18th in Croatia in terms of GDP per capita, whilst the second most affected county in 2017 was the Brod-Posavina County (next to last on the GDP per capita list) and the Požega-Slavonia County, which is 19th on the GDP list.
Whereas the county with the lowest rate of migration, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, has the fourth highest GDP in Croatia