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Centre for Peace Studies (Centar za mirovne studije) (2013), Representation and indicators of discrimination and xenophobic attitudes (Zastupljenost i indikatori diskriminacijskih i ksenofobičnih stavova); survey conducted by Target d.o.o. Agency for market research and public opinion polling (Target d.o.o. za istraživanje tržišta i ispitivanje javnog mnijenja)

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Type of publication

Survey - quantitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Centre for Peace Studies | Centar za mirovne studije

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

General population Migrants Ethnic minorities

Key findings

Research has shown that Croatian citizens in different percentages express xenophobia towards certain minority groups, but the total share is in most cases above 20%. To a large extent, negative attitudes are expressed towards Roma (up to 44%), and in lowest values towards the immigrants from Western European countries (up to 14%). The other groups are between these values. It is interesting to note that citizens express a very high percentage of xenophobia to groups with experience of coexistence (e.g. Serbs up to 38%), as well as to those groups that they have not yet been in contact with to the greater extent (e.g. Chinese up to 32% or Arabs up to 27%). High percentage of xenophobia towards the general category of asylum seekers (up to 37%) is highly concerning.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The research was conducted on a representative sample of adult population, using a structured questionnaire. Questionnaires were applied individually, in the homes of the respondents, and participation in the research was voluntary and anonymously.

Sample details and representativeness

Survey sample was 800 respondents of average age of 45,3 (with age span from 18 to 93), women percentage was 52,7% and men 47,3% and most of the respondents (89,2%) declared themselves as of Croatian nationality (Serbs – 7,3% and Bosniaks – 1,6%). Majority of respondents declared themselves as Catholics (83,8%), 7,9% as orthodox, 1,1% as Muslims and atheists and 6,7% as agnostics.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.