The European Commission Report, which has economic and budgetary projections for the 28 EU Member States for the next 45 years, forecasts that in 2060 there will be 3.7 million people living in Croatia, 600,000 less than the current 4.3 million. The biggest loss is expected in the working age category (15-64), with Croatia expected to lose 757,000 citizens in that category. The percentage of citizens between the age of 15-64 is expected to drop from 66.9% to 56.5% in 2060. It is not only Croatia that is forecast to see the percentage drop, with most of Europe expected to get ‘older’.
“The European Statistical Office projects that by 2060 there will be only two people of working age (15-64) in the EU for every person aged over 65, compared to a ratio of four to one today. The strongest push in this direction is expected to occur during the period 2015-35 when the baby boomers, who were born in the two decades after World-War II, start to retire,” said the report.