In recent 20 years the number of Croatian inhabitants decreased for approximately a half million thus less than 4 million inhabitants now live in Croatia. According to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics 47 000 persons emigrated only in 2017, that is, 129 persons left daily, mostly aged from 20 to 39 years, many left with families which indicates on possible permanent character of departure. This fact together with the negative long lasting birth-rate, since 1998 between 5 000 and 13 000 people died more than born, point out the seriousness of the demographic problem.

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