How Many Foreigners Live in Croatia, and Where are They From?

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How many foreigners live in Croatia, according to official statistics? TCN takes a look on January 22, 2018. 

We have been featuring foreign entrepreneurs in Croatia in recent weeks, highlighting people who have chosen to move to Croatia at a time when thousands of young people are moving in the opposite direction. You can read more about their stories here – and if you are a foreign entrepreneur in Croatia and would like to be featured, please contact us at [email protected]  

I have been asked several times since we started the series how many foreigners live in Croatia. I have never seen any concrete statistics, and when talking to embassies, the answers are often vague – not all foreigners register with their embassies. 

Croatian bureaucracy being what it is, someone must know the answer, and where better to try than the Ministry of the Interior, guardians of those all-important temporary and permanent residence permits. 

A little digging around on the MUP website. a little collating of data, a couple of cold ones from the fridge, and we have a snapshot of the situation, as of December 31, 2016 – a little under 30,000 foreigners living legally with temporary or permanent residence permits (not including the temporary visitors on 90-day visas and the like) in The Beautiful Croatia. 

Before looking where they are from, PLEASE NOTE;

1. These statistics are from the Ministry of the Interior, not TCN, so if you disagree violently, please shout at them, not us.

2. The statistics do not include people with dual nationality (there was a spreadsheet for this, which I chose not to include). 

3. There is data for those with temporary and permanent residency, with the table arranged for the total number of residents. 

4. Most fascinatingly, given how hard it is to get any official paperwork in this beautiful country, there are 27 people registered as permanent residents whose nationality is Unknown (or Nepoznato) – if you are one of those 27, we would REALLY love to interview you. This is a different section to the lucky 16 who are ‘Without Nationality’ but also have permanent residency. 

5. There had to be a minimum of 10 people from a country to make the list, or it would have been three times as long. 

Without more ado, see where the foreigners come from who have officially decided to call Croatia home. 

Any surprises? 



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