Croatia does not have a comprehensive migration and integration policy for all foreigners in the society, yet recently a possible step towards its creation was missed. Namely, only those with granted international protection were covered in the recently adopted integration measures, and there were only about 100 of them in 2016, stated the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović during the public debate on the Draft Action Plan for Integration of Persons Granted International Protection for the Period 2017 to 2019. And even though such a document is indeed welcomed since it could improve integration, it is in no way enough, said Ombudswoman Vidović.

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Students should be enabled to also make written applications for the state scholarships not only by electronic way, due to the fact that there is no sufficient quality of Internet links in some parts of Croatia; moreover, the fact is that scholarships relate to poorer socio-economic status which represents an obstacle in the usage of computer equipment. Hence, the deadline for publishing the competition's results, i.e. the rank-list, should be determined more precisely, stated the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović in the opinion she sent to the Ministry of Science and Education regarding the Rule Book on conditions and manners of realisation of the rights to the state scholarship based on socio-economic status.

It is necessary, just because of their status, to consider whether the obligation of getting a notarial seal on the statement on behalf of the family members that they do not have personal identification number (PIN) constitutes too big expense for a student and his family. It is also unclear why the scholarships are delivered in 9 monthly instalments while the academic year lasts 12 months and, it is also unclear on which criteria its amount of 1,200 Kuna is calculated. 

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Widespread deprivation is destroying Roma lives - families are living excluded from society in shocking conditions, while children with little education face bleak prospects for the future, a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The report, published on 29 November 2016, analyses the gaps in Roma inclusion around the EU to guide Member States seeking to improve their integration policies.

The survey shows data for 8 countries, with those for Croatia being in accordance with the state of human rights and discrimination of Roma minority described in the Annual report of the Ombudswoman of Croatia. 

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