2012 was the fourth year in a row that Croatia experienced negative net migration as more people left Croatian shores than arrived, according to statistics released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Last year 8,959 people migrated to Croatia, with 12,877 leaving the country, a negative difference of 3,918 people. Out of those that migrated to Croatia, 47.3% arrived from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. Serbia was the most popular destination for those leaving the country with 31%, or 3,995, moving there. Bosnia and Herzegovina was close behind with 25%, or 3,221 people moving there.
Zagreb and the Split-Dalmatia counties were the most popular areas for settlement for the new arrivals in 2012. A quarter of those who moved chose Zagreb, whilst 14% moved to the Split-Dalmatia county.