Croatia records positive migration balance in 2022

ZAGREB, 27 July (Hina) – A total of 57,972 persons immigrated to Croatia from abroad in 2022, which is 11,685 more than the number of emigrants, and the majority of new residents came from Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the national statistical office (DZS) said on Thursday.
Croatia thus recorded a positive migration balance in 2022 since the number of emigrants was 46,287.
Nearly a fifth, or more precisely 17.8% of the persons who settled in Croatia are Croatian nationals, while 82.2% are foreign nationals, including displaced persons from Ukraine who have been granted temporary protection and foreign citizens who have been issued residence and work permits.
Last year, 11,121 persons arrived from war-torn Ukraine, which is 15 times more than the year before.
A total of 14,952 persons immigrated from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, mostly from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6,949 of them.
Almost 12,000 persons immigrated from Asia, 2.7 times more than in 2021
A significant increase was recorded in the number of residents from Asian and African countries. Last year, 11,874 persons from the world’s largest continent settled in Croatia, which is 2.7 times more than in 2021. Also, 675 people arrived from the African continent, or 3.8 times more than 2021.
Most of the new residents settled in the City of Zagreb (23.5%) and in Split-Dalmatia County (11.8%).
As for Croatian nationals who left Croatia last year, most of them went to Germany, 14,184 persons or 31%, followed by Austria, to which 4,899 persons emigrated.
In terms of the number of emigrants, the City of Zagreb (19.5%) ranks first, followed by Split-Dalmatia County (8.6%), Zagreb County (7.4%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (7%).
Slightly under a half of the people who moved abroad were aged 20 to 39 (44.1%). Men accounted for two thirds of the total number of immigrants (67%), and for 61.9% of the total number of persons who moved abroad
Last year, the City of Zagreb had the largest positive total migration balance (3,980 persons), which refers to the difference between the total number of immigrants from another county or from abroad and the total number of those who moved to another county or abroad. It was followed by Zagreb County (3,482 persons) and Istria County (3,196 persons).
Vukovar-Srijem County (-1,205 persons), Osijek-Baranja County (-1,060 persons) and Brod-Posavina County (-1,051 persons) had the largest negative total migration balances.
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