- Published: 03.04.2017.
President of the Republic of Croatia meets with Emigrated Croats
In Dublin, the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met with representatives of the Croatian community. She told them that emigration is very important for the country but that Croatia needs to create conditions for their return so that they may enrich their homeland with their newly acquired experiences. “Emigration worldwide is very important for the country but we have to create conditions so that those who enriched with their work the countries in which they emigrated might return and enrich their homeland with their newly acquired experience,” said the President who is on state visit to Ireland. “You replaced Croatia with green Ireland in search of a better life and environments that are opening up and developing. Emigration is our concern and our wealth,” continued the President adding that Croatia needs to know how to stop this present-day exodus. Ireland is a good example of how to develop relations with its diaspora, how to live one’s homeland while in diaspora, but also how to attract people to return,” stated President Grabar-Kitarovic. She told one of the youngest Croatian emigrant communities that she is pleased to hear about the success of our people but that emigration waves always leave a “bitter aftertaste” because “you are no longer in Croatia.” “People are those that make a country warm and without them it is impossible to build the future,” added President Grabar-Kitarovic expressing special concern for emigration from Slavonia and the islands (Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia; Photo Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Filip Glas).