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Current Developments and Future Challenges

Pascal Goeke

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Croatia's migration history, the increasing geo-political stability and general insights of migration research make the following three developments likely to occur: Croatia will first continue its efforts towards a good relationship with its citizens living abroad. This is a part of the 'reasons of state' and has to do with the high degree of organization by Croatians living abroad and their political influence as well as the importance of remittances. Secondly, the existing transnational connections and the continuingly difficult economic situation make it likely that more people will leave Croatia as those who enter. Thirdly, with EU-membership, Croatia will gain importance as a country of destination for international migration. The legal system has been adjusted to this possibility. How the integration of immigrants will run is still to be concretely laid out, however. Overall, all developments indicate that in the future Croatia will also be influenced by the past (meaning by the migration of Croatians and people of Croatian descent), and that it will increasingly normalize concerning migration, meaning it will be more strongly integrated in international and general migration patterns, which may diversify immigration flows on the whole.

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Dr. Pascal Goeke is research assistant at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Email: E-Mail Link: pascal.goeke@geo.uzh.ch