Social welfare


Country Report: Social welfare Last updated: 12/01/21


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Asylees and foreigners under subsidiary protection have the right to social welfare pursuant to the regulations governing the domain of social welfare of Croatian citizens.[1] The Law on Social Welfare  regulates that asylees  and foreigners under subsidiary protection beneficiaries as well as members of their family who legally reside in Republic of Croatia, have rights in social welfare system under the conditions set out in the law.[2]

Social welfare activities are performed by social welfare institutions, local and regional self-government units, associations, religious communities, other legal persons, craftsmen and other physical persons performing social welfare activities.

The basic information on welfare benefits can be found on the WELCOMM website.[3]

The realisation of social rights in Croatia also depends on the place of residence

Following the Amendments to the Decision of Social Welfare in 2019,[4] the social rights provided by the City of Zagreb were extend to families of asylees and foreigners under subsidiary protection.[5]


[1] Article 73 LITP.

[2]  Official Gazette 157/2013, 152/2014, 99/2015, 52/2016, 16/2017, 130/2017, 98/2019.

[3] The content of this website represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The Croatian Law Centre is not responsible for the accuracy of the information stated on the website and will not be liable for any false, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete information presented on the website.

[4]  Amendments available in Croatian at:

[5] City of Zagreb, Social welfare decision, 4 April 2019, available at:


Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation