Demographics: Significant Population Increase in Pula

Lauren Simmonds

While Croatia suffers a nationwide population crisis, Pula sees increases.

It seems as more time passes, more headlines are filled with depressing stories about emigration, a low birth rate, a high death rate, and the fact that Croatia appears to be ”emptying” in some way or another as the population begins to decline to worryingly low levels.

However, in spite of those hardly encouraging headlines and articles splashed all over each and every portal and newspaper, there may be a bit of light in the dark in certain places, the beautiful coastal town of Pula is just one of them.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of February, 2018, in addition to greater employment opportunities, the quality of life in the city, the mayor pointed out, is influenced by a number of other factors.

As the city’s ”first man” Boris Miletić pointed out at a time, Pula has a “comparative advantage”, which is actually the quality of life in this area, the climate, lots of sport, the enrollment of all kids in kindergarten, and more.

Furthermore, there is a children’s playground in every residential area of Pula, as well as a student campus. Stable city finances, increased entrepreneurial activity in the city, as well as the constant development of Pula University with new study orientations and support to hundreds of different sports, cultural and other associations civil societies, greatly enriches and considerably raises the overall quality of life for all residents of Pula, according to Glas Istre.

There appears to be a lot of motivation to work and live in Pula, that the city ”works”, and that can be confirmed by the fact that unlike the rest of the country, Pula has seen a population increase.

Data from the Bureau of Statistics for 2016 show that the picturesque Istrian county is the only one among all Croatian counties across the country to which more people have moved than have left.


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