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Croatia to Curb Foreign Work Permits

The centre-left government plans to crack down on the number of foreign workers in the country where almost 20 per cent are jobless.

Croatia Week

Croatian Labour Minister Mirando Mrsic said the government will be very cautious in the next few years on issuing new work permits to workers coming from outside the EU.

Only around 2,300 foreigners are legally employed in Croatia, one of the lowest numbers in the last 20 years. The record year for foreign workers was 2008, when around 8,500 foreign nationals were employed in the country.

Bu the issue remains sensitive as a result of high unumployment. Petar Lovric, pesident of the Small and Medium-sized Businesses Association, told the daily Vecernji List that Croatia needed to be careful because of its unemployment rate of 19.6 per cent. "I am against employing foreigners," he said.

Mrsic recently informed the owner of a shipyard in Croatia that they would only consider issuing 10 to 15 work permit requests for foreign welders; the others have to come from the domestic market.

In the record year of 2008, 1,700 foreigners worked in local shipyards, and another 3,600 worked in construction.

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