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Role and activity of Croatian associations in Norway and Sweden

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Author(s): Rebeka Mesarić Žabčić

Journal: Geoadria
ISSN 1331-2294

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 311;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: emigration | identity | Croatian emigrants | Croatian associations | migration | multiculturalism

ABSTRACT
The paper deals with the analysis of emigration with the focus on the historical preview, geographical setting, role and activity of the Croatian associations in Norway and Sweden. The research objects are Croatian emigrants and Croatian associations, clubs and societies, i.e. Croatian migrational communities of different interest groups on the territory of two Scandinavian countries. According to the Croatian Central Bureau of Statistics data, data from Norwegian and Swedish embassies in Croatia, as well as the assessment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are about 2,000 Croats and their descendants in Norway and about 15,000-20,000 of them in Sweden. The 2001 population census recorded less Croats in these countries in comparison with the above-mentioned assessments, because the Croats who have only one of the Scandinavian passports were not included in the population census.The aim of this paper is to present and analyze the achievements of Croatian associations and institutions in Norway and Sweden in the field of culture, education and science, sport, social issues, and finally, to give an evaluation of the work and integration of young Croats in the existing associations, clubs and societies.Analysis of the names of the existing associations, clubs, organizations and institutions was used to investigate the origin of the Croatian emigrants on local and regional level. The conclusions are related to the well-being of the Croats in two Scandinavian countries.

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