Sanja Knežević
College of Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Anita Kulaš Mirosavljević
College of Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Lena Duspara
College of Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod, Croatia

4th International Conference – ERAZ 2018 – KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Sofia- Bulgaria, June 7, 2018, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia;  Faculty of Business Studies, Mediterranean University – Podgorica, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia; Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance – Belgrade, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-12-7


Migration has become one of the key components of population change in the European Union. Greater mobility has contributed to the increase in the number of migrants in recent decades (migration between regions, and within the EU and migration from non-EU countries). Migration flows over the past decades between and in EU member states have had a significant impact on the current population size in most member states. There are a number of reasons why people want to move to the European Union. Some come to look for a better life, better living standards, some for employment, some to go back to their home country, some to study, etc. Since the first day of July 2013, the Republic of Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union according to the experience of some European Union member states it can be assumed that in the future there will be an increased immigration inflow to the Republic of Croatia as well. Still, the Republic of Croatia is just a land of passage. Currently growing problem of immigration inflows, which so far has not taken on larger proportions is the leaving of the Croatian population from the Croatia.
The aim of this paper is to show the migration as the fastest growing problem of the European Union. Most of the developed European countries, despite the bad and extremely unfavourable demographic indicators, still have no clear population and immigration policy. Consequences may be crucial to their future economic development. In this study is included the analysis of the collected statistical data and survey which was conducted among a representative sample of respondents, adults who have left the Republic of Croatia from 1996 to today. The survey will show the main reasons for leaving home country.

Key words

migration, emigration, European Union, Croatia


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