Reasons for Starting the Study

Scientific need    

The population is according to all scientific approaches the most fundamental part of any society and area, and the main actor in all social, economic and political affairs, and subsequently it should be considered one of the most important scientific research topics. The connectedness and causality of the population and all the systems and activities is always present and is orders of magnitude different and therefore there is a substantial need for developing scientific models as developmental enablers.
A scientific analysis of the patterns and projections of the social, spatial, political, regional development of Croatia or any other given nation is of fundamental importance.
Contemporary reality confirms this on a daily basis through the great demographic depression in Croatia which is reflected in all segments of society, through extensive migration and the need for the developmental link between the domicile country and its wealth in diaspora.
The scientific analysis of the fundamental relationship between Croatia and its diaspora is increasingly turning into a key prerequisite for the future of Croatia.

However, crucial reason for launching this study program is the fact that Croatia is the only country in a narrower and wider region without an academic institution, study program or a strategic scholarship program and project pertaining to demographic issues as a crucial developmental factor.

Cultural need    

It is estimated that today more Croatians live outside of Croatia than in Croatia, and they are displaced all over the world; practically across all continents and countries.
It is a major demographic, economic, financial, academic, cultural, artistic and long-term asset of Croatia that should not be neglected, separated from the country of origin and dismissed without consideration.
Cultural changes influenced by the immigration countries and the new value of the immigrant population for the domicile population are a great distinction and cultural asset for both countries, on which identity and new social and every other value is built upon. The analysis and research of the above has been identified as a major cultural need.

Social need    

The societal need for this study in the still on-going transformation of the Croatian society after the liberation of the country and its departure from the former political system is confirmed almost on a daily basis. The society's understanding of the importance of the human population and the ties that it forms in its environment in society and space in Croatia is still insufficient, so every aspect of the research of human population arises from a great societal need.
Setting up social relationships and all forms of social identity outside of the demographic and emigration processes and structures is ungrounded and does not provide an adequate foundation for complex social and related relations.
Croatia, as well as any country with a predominant share of the population in diaspora rather than in the motherland, needs a new societal approach to statehood to benefit overall development.
The study program in Demographics and Croatian Diaspora represents a novelty of strategic importance and a vital national need.

Economic need    

Social spatial contents, processes, relationships, projections and models related to the population, together with all population bases, are the basis of the economic, spatial, regional and every other developmental planning.
Population registers and territorial units are of major economic importance, as they are foundation of planning, and in the spatial plans the most important potential should be assigned the right value, rather than just propaedeutic one.
This study program and accompanying scientific and expert research will help facilitate entire planned state approach to meet objective Croatian needs. Finally, the functional teaching and research will be focused on the issues of the workforce, as the basic factor and potential for the development of the economy.
The Croatian population and, according to their relevance in this program, should be the basis of all economic development concepts and models.





Hrvatski studiji Sveučilišta u Zagrebu pokrenuti su i ustrojeni 16. studenoga 1992., isprva samo kao dvosemestralni Sveučilišni komparativni studij hrvatske filozofije i društva. Taj je program potom preoblikovan u program redovitog četverogodišnjeg studija.

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