Croatia scraps annual employment quotas with new law

A general view of the the inaugural session of the new Croatian Parliament in Zagreb, Croatia, 22 July 2020. [EPA-EFE/DANIEL KASAP]

There will no longer be an annual quota for the employment of foreign nationals in Croatia, according to the new Foreign Nationals Act adopted by parliament, which will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

Employers will be obliged to submit a request to the Croatian Employment Service (HZZ) to conduct a labour market test.

If none of Croatia’s unemployed people match the employers’ criteria, employers will have to apply to the interior ministry for residence and work permits. The ministry will then ask the HZZ for its opinion with regards to hiring a specific foreign national.

The procedure, including the labour market test, will last a maximum of 30 days.

The Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) have signed a cooperation agreement establishing institutional support for the integration of third-country nationals, mainly migrants, into the Croatian society and their easier employment.

“In recent years, we have been witnessing increased migration to EU countries, which has strong consequences both for the Republic of Croatia and surrounding countries. Through active cooperation, HUP and the Jesuit Refugee Service want to encourage the development of positive aspects of this phenomenon,” HUP announced.

(Željko Trkanjec |

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