Filipina Girl Calubong came to Croatia a year ago and got a job at an agency dealing with the employment of foreign workers.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re Croatian or a foreigner, you’re treated equally well here. “At work, in the environment I’m in, I haven’t had any problems because most of them speak English,” says the Filipina.
Since her arrival she has not experienced any inconveniences and is also learning Croatian. “I don’t know much, I know some basic words like ‘Hello, thank you.’ You need us and we need you. We need your country and you need us, foreign workers,” he stresses. Girl for RTL.
Figures show that there are more and more foreigners in the country. Data from the National Statistics Office shows that more people came from Croatia than left it last year. 57,972 people immigrated from abroad, 46,287 of them emigrated. Most people have immigrated from Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Serbia and Nepal.
“Especially people who we need as workers are immigrating, and part of that is forced migration from Ukraine. Estimates assume that in 30 years maybe a quarter of foreigners will be living in Croatia. The question is whether they can fit into our lives or whether it is a social or some other problem,” says the demographer Stjepan Šterc.
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They do various jobs and are used on construction sites, in shops, at hotel receptions, when delivering and preparing food. And the people of Zagreb have gotten used to foreigners. “There were times with arms and legs, but in the end we settled. I’ve never had a negative experience,” she claims Klara Josic from Zagreb.
“They are very beautiful to look at, very charming, they fight for bread like we all do,” he says Milan Potkonjak.
Most of them have adapted and understand us, and our people who work with them help them a lot,” he points out Petra Krebsz Vorkapic.
The responsible minister reacted to the statement of President Milanović, who said that more people could live in Croatia, but that they would be foreigners.
“These are not worrying numbers, although they are more than we are used to in recent years. I don’t see any reason to fear that Croatia will become a foreign country,” emphasizes the Minister of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy. Marin Piletic.
Demographers warn that migration must be a planned process that benefits Croatia’s economy, society and immigrants.