Croatia, new EU member. Live and Job Situation
Croatia recently became the newest EU member. Croatia is experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates (21.6 %). It is expected to increase in the coming months and it is a known fact that the economic situation isn’t getting any better either. The country’s economy has been on the decline since the last 5 years though economists foresee a more positive change this year- it is suspected that the economic conditions may improve especially since the country is now a part of the European Union. Due to the high unemployment rates and a lack of job opportunities there are fewer job opportunities for foreigners than there are for the locals of the state. Most people are on the lookout for jobs on various websites though the job market of Croatia itself is in bad shape.
A lot of students do not complete their education though the literacy rate stands at 98.1 percent. The state is home to some of the oldest universities in Europe. There are 8 universities in Croatia- University of Zagreb (it is well-known for the humanitarian courses it has to offer) , University of Split (founded in 1974 and it is a good university for science and engineer students), University of Rijeka (founded in 1973 and is well-known for its Mathematics department), University of Osijek (the university was opened in 1707 and 1708 for admission and it is a liberal arts college known for its contribution to the Croatian culture and language), University of Zadar (the university founded in 1396 but re-established in 2002 and it is known to be the oldest university in the country) University of Dubrovnik (known as one of the younger universities, and it is dedicated to teaching naval architecture and maritime engineering to its students) , University of Pula (a public university founded in 2006, after the passing of the Act of Founding the University of Pula) and Dubrovnik International University (which was established in 2008 and is affiliated with American and Croatian institutions). Apart from this there are several schools in Croatia too. It has the largest number of schools for disabled children (92), 84 elementary schools and a total of 74 for adults.
As far as earnings are concerned, a large proportion of the earnings are spent on paying back taxes. Since the country has borrowed a lot from other countries it is in great debt- a factor that has had a direct impact upon the country’s economy. A lot of Croats have second jobs so that they are able to live a (somewhat) comfortable life. In 2011 it was found that about 7.2 % of the total population was working second jobs. All in all, the economic state of the country seems to be quite bad which is why many EU members are concerned about the acceptance of Croatia as a member state of the European Union. Despite the high literacy rates a large proportion of the youth is unemployed and most of them drop out of college (or before).