The International Observatory on Statelessness


In Croatia, it is estimated that about 7,000 of between 60,000 to 100,000 Roma are registered. Excessive delays in the processing of citizenship, in particular that of ethnic Serbs, have resulted in the loss of social and educational benefits. Discrimination and violence against Roma remain a serious problem in Croatia.

The problem of insufficient criminal, civil, and administrative provisions aimed at combating racism and discrimination is further compounded by the failure to ensure their effective implementation. The Government has failed to amend the Citizenship Law, which has a discriminatory effect on Roma and other persons who are not ethnic Croats.