Information on the protection offered by Croatian authorities to ethic Croatians from other parts of the country who are displaced persons living in Zagreb [HRV17494.E]

According to an official at the Croatian Government Office for Displaced Refugees and Displaced Persons in Zagreb, displaced ethnic Croatians from other parts of Croatia living in Zagreb have the same rights and privileges as other Croatian citizens (18 May 1994). The official stated that in the region of Zagreb there are approximately 54,000 displaced Croatians from areas of Croatia currently under Serbian Control (ibid.). He stated that these individuals live in private residences or in "centres" administered and financed by the government (ibid.). According to the source, a centre for displaced persons and refugees may be a hostel, converted army or workers' barracks, or a new settlement consisting of prefabricated housing (ibid.). He said that in the past, displaced persons were also housed in tent cities and in sports complexes. He also said that some senior citizens have been placed in existing old age homes (ibid.). He added that there are currently 60 to 70 centres in greater Zagreb (ibid.).

The official stated that centres provide displaced Croatians with accommodation, meals and medical services (ibid.). He said that some centres have on-site medical clinics and that the children of displaced Croatian families attend regular primary and secondary schools (ibid.). He added that displaced Croatians also have access to international humanitarian aid (ibid.).

The official stated that displaced Croatians living in Zagreb enjoy the same access to police protection as other citizens and that they have the right to work in the city. He added that displaced Croatians are employed by the police, army, and federal and municipal governments, but that unemployment remains a problem (ibid.).

Additional or corroborative information on the protection offered to displaced Croatians in Zagreb could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB. For general information on displaced persons and refugees in Croatia, please refer to the attached documents.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Croatian Government Office for Displaced Refugees and Displaced Persons, Zagreb. 18 May 1994. Telephone interview with official.


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