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In summer, foreigners send more than tourism earns

ZAGREB, July 2, 2022 – In summer, expats send more than tourism earns, Vecherni List newspaper reported on Saturday after researching how expats perceive Croatia.

Expats consider Croatia’s biggest advantages to be nature, traditions, cultural heritage, hospitality, gastronomy and rich history, while the biggest disadvantages are a weak economy, inefficient political government, the legacy of communism, a low level of democracy and political culture. lack of unity and concern for the environment.

While last year’s census shows Croatia has a population of less than four million, it actually boasts a population of eight million.

With the exception of the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatian minorities in neighboring countries, the facts show that there are more than four million Croatian emigrants and their descendants in the world.

The most numerous are the descendants of those who left in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in search of work and freedom. They are well integrated and respected in their new communities, from Canada and the United States through Argentina and Chile to Australia and New Zealand.

They represent a powerful potential for political, social and economic power. The question is how much they feel about Croatia, what Croatian identity means to them, what could make them visit the old country more often and invest in it, promote it and lobby for its political interests.

The Croatian diaspora includes children of post-war political emigrants. They are fairly integrated but extremely sensitive to ideological themes in Croatia, often bringing fervor to the social activities of their communities.

Among the Croatian emigrants there are also prominent scientists, humanists, experts and businessmen who, dissatisfied with the situation in the former Yugoslavia and looking for freedom, democracy and better living and working conditions, have built their careers in the West, now constituting the elites of these societies. .

They were joined by those who left Croatia in the last 30 years, from professionals who, thanks to their talent, knowledge and creativity, quickly integrated into their new societies, to those who, in search of better paid jobs and a more just society, became attractive and still cheap labor force for rapidly growing Western democracies.

There are also those who have left to work in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other Western countries since the 1960s. Their children are educated and wealthy citizens of the world who love to relax in Croatia, listen to Croatian music and root for the Croatian team in sports, and not for the national team of the country in which they were born, the newspaper writes.

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