In the first seven months of 2023, Croatia has granted over 100,000 work permits to foreign workers.
Data reveals that the majority of these workers hailed from Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a count of 25,213, followed closely by Serbian nationals with 17,395 work permits. Surprisingly, Nepal claims the third spot.
Furthermore, in just the first half of this year, Croatia has issued over 27,000 work permits to workers from four Asian countries alone. Nepal tops this list with 11,523 permits, followed by India at 6,589, the Philippines at 5,024, and Bangladesh, which saw 3,975 of its nationals receiving permits for residence and employment.
Analysing the sectors, construction witnessed the highest number of permits issued at 39,146, closely trailed by the tourism and hospitality sector with 37,022 permits.
Of the total permits issued, only a fifth, or 20%, were renewals.