Who is Leaving Croatia and Who is Coming? Official Migration Statistics 2007-16

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January 27, 2018 – An overview of the trends of migration to and from Croatia over the last decade, according to official statistics.

Our recent article on how many foreigners are living in Croatia with temporary or permanent residency attracted a lot of comment and attention and included quite a lot of research of official websites in the hunt for statistics. 

Among the information we came across was a breakdown of migration to and from Croatia from 2007 – 2016. The information is broken down in a series of tables and charts, the highlights of which are below.


The statistics speak for themselves, perhaps the only thing to note is that Croatia joined the EU on July 1, 2013, and Croatia seems to be following the trend of other Eastern and Central European countries in terms of net emigration as several other countries in the region.


A chart overview.


An interesting breakdown of emigration and immigration by country of citizenship from 2012-2016. 

It should be noted that the statistics omit the great unknown – those with dual citizenship. As was shown in the previous articles, the number of Australians who are living in Croatia with temporary or permanent residency, according to official ministry statistics, is very low, but the Austrialian Embassy estimate (but do not know) the number to be somewhere between 5-10,000, which is true, would make Australians among the biggest – if not the biggest – group of foreign nationals living in Croatia. 


Data on age and sex of those migrating in both directions in 2016.


There are no prizes for guessing which was the top destination for emigration in 2016. It will be interesting to compare 2017 numbers to see how much Ireland increases. 

For more information on migration between counties in Croatia, as well as the data collection methodology, click here.


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