New Krizevci Settlement to be Erected for Turkish Railway Workers

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, just in front of Krizevci, a workers’ settlement being built by the competent Turkish company is being erected. This will be the home of those working on the construction of the brand new railway, which Croatia desperately needs, stretching all the way to the Hungarian border. The project is otherwise worth a total of 2.5 billion kuna.

This new Krizevci settlement consists of about twenty smaller houses. There are dormitories for the railway line´s workers, a dining room and a kitchen. There will also be a lab, workshops, and even a gym. At the peak of the construction work, between 700 and 800 workers from Turkey will be housed there, according to a report from

“According to the contract, the duration of our project is 42 months. I can say both on behalf of my colleagues and on my own behalf that we have been very well received here. We feel good here and we haven´t been having any problems at all,¨ said the project manager Mehmet Yilmaz.

“The town is beautiful, and I hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to explore Krizevci and the surrounding settlements even more, meet more local people and that we will adapt and accept the local culture,” said railway line worker Cemil Şentürk.

Hairdresser Valentina said that they managed to communicate with the local Croatian population “with their hands and feet” and added that when it comes to hairstyles, they let the hair stylists do what they think would be best.

In addition to the local hairdressers, Krizevci itself will also benefit, with taxes and surcharges on the salaries of the Turkish workers, and they have already hired some local Croatian workers.

“Some Croats are employed in cleaning services and all the additional services that such a settlement needs,” said Mario Rajn, the mayor of Krizevci. For the next four years, this will be the 60th settlement within Krizevci, and also the most populous of them all.

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