Since Croatia's accession to the European Union on the 1st of July 2013, slightly more than 14,000 Croats have left the country and moved to Ireland.
The massive emigration of Croats to Ireland has been confirmed by the official data from the Irish Social Security Office, which keeps the records on the number of issued PPSN numbers, which enable immigrants to receive a salary in Ireland and to realize other statutory rights.
The data show that from July to the end of December 2013, around 440 Croatian citizens requested the PPSN, i.e. on the average 75 Croats per month. The beginning of 2014 announced that this number would soon become significantly higher. Thus, 2,091 Croatian citizens sought for a job in Ireland, or 175 Croats per month. In the following year, this figure grew to 4,342 Croats who spread across the country and settled in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Letterkenny etc.
In 2015, on the average 360 Croats per month moved to Ireland, most of them leaving Slavonia in western Croatia. And then in 2016 around 5,300 Croatian citizens decided to look for a better financial future in Ireland.
The latest data show that in the first six months of this year, 1,890 Croatian citizens requested the PPSN in Ireland.