The Večernji list states that there were 426,845 Croats in Germany last year, which means that the number of Croatian citizens in the country has almost doubled after Croatia joined the European Union, since there were 224,971 in 2012.
According to data from the Wiesbaden National Bureau of Statistics, Croats rank sixth among foreign immigrants, after Turks, Poles, Syrians, Romanians and Italians. Last year, 26,335 people emigrated from Germany to Croatia, while 10,305 people emigrated.
In a year of the pandemic, Germany has the least influx of foreigners, but the problem is that the number of Croatian citizens who immigrated to Germany last year has decreased. This is particularly gratifying, especially when compared with those who immigrated to Germany in 2018, 2017 and 2016. Compared with the most serious exodus year, according to German statistics, there were more than 50,000 Croats.
Tado Jurić, a political scientist and historian at the Catholic University of Croatia, predicts that due to changes in working methods brought about by the pandemic, this will increasingly lead to remote jobs, so Croatians turn to Germany. Of immigration may stop within five years, and some immigrants can return.
“The West will not abandon imported labor for a period of time. This is a key measure to rebuild its population. But even that will not last forever. He concluded:
“Telecommuting will replace many jobs, so after the socialization of workers and students we have witnessed, many professions will enter the telecommuting field. This means, for example, what will a worker in Moldova do in his apartment? The Croatian is now in Stuttgart. My estimate is that within five years, due to this radical change in working methods brought about by telecommuting, immigration to Croatia will cease, but there will also be greater returns.”