Croatia has over 1,185 islands, islets and reefs, most of which are wildlife preserves. It ranks #18 on the list of worldwide tourist attractions. 10 million tourists per year double Croatia's population in the months of summer.
Many big communities of ethnic Croats can be found all over the globe today, their emigration fuelled by centuries of troubled political history. With 420,763 ethnic Croats, the United States are home to Croatia’s largest diaspora.
Croatia has flourished significantly after overcoming the impacts of the latest war and now has a high-income market economy. In 2010, presidents of Croatia and Serbia agreed on resolving their two countries’ mutual refugee and return issues. This is an important step towards solving one of the longest protracted refugee situations in Europe – a legacy of the wars in this region of the 1990s. In Croatia’s case, there have been substantial refugee returns in recent years, although some returnees have faced difficulties in obtaining housing and taking advantage of socio-economic reintegration programmes.
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