27 Apr 2018

Croatian migrants in Germany not planning on going home

Croatians who recently settled in Germany are on average better educated than the general Croatian population, a recent research shows. Experts are worried that very few of them will return to their country of origin.

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Why this story matters:

The latest research confirms that the brain drain phenomenon from the Western Balkans to Western Europe is not slowing down. What's more, it might be permanent.

The reasons for this are well known: economic uncertainty, irresponsible politics and widespread perception of corruption all contribute to emigration from Croatia and other Balkan countries. 

The survey shows that an overwhelming majority of respondents intend to stay in Germany until they retire.

Less than half of the migrants surveyed would consider returning to Croatia.

The message is clear. Croatians who have experienced a better life elsewhere have virtually no hope of ever having comparable standards in their home country. 

Details from the story:

  • Research by the Catholic University of Croatia included a sample of 1,200 Croatians who settled in Germany over the last three years.
  • Persons between 25 and 45 years of age are most likely to emigrate, according to the research.
  • Around 79% of surveyed Croatians said they were happy with their new life in Germany.
  • Around 88% said they never regretted leaving Croatia. 
  • Most participants said one of the main reasons for moving to Germany was a better economic environment and better working conditions than Croatia.
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