ZAGREB, April 12, 2018 – The number of Croatian nationals living in Germany is constantly rising, reaching 367,900 as of 31 December 2017, or 35,295 more than at the beginning of 2017, of which 196,365 were men and 171,535 women, the German statistical office in Wiesbaden said on Thursday.
The rise in the number of German residents with Croatian citizenship began when Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013 and the German labour market opened to Croats. At the end of 2012, 224,971 Croats lived in Germany.
As for the duration of their stay, 103,695 live in Germany between one and four years, while 36,890 live there less than a year. Also, 109,500 live in Baden-Wuerttemberg and 98,875 in Bavaria.
The number of foreigners in Germany has reached a record high 10.6 million, rising by 585,000 over the past 12 months alone. The number of persons with a foreign passports living in Germany has risen to 13%.
In 2017, the highest number of immigrants (439,000) came from the European Union’s eastern member states, while the number of immigrants from outside the EU, who made up the majority of the refugee flow in previous years, dropped.