The Advisory Council for Croats Abroad began a two-day conference on Saturday in Varaždin. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and representatives of Croatian communities from around the world were in attendance.
Plenković said the country was proud of its diaspora communities and that the government's was working to facilitating their return to Croatia.
"The fact that Croats live in many countries and that many contribute to their homeland via business, cultural, artistic, athletic, and other activities, reflects the great unity between Croat communities abroad and the homeland," said the prime minister.
He went on to say that financial support for Croats in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina had been increased by more than 50% and that support to Croat minority communities in neighbouring countries had been doubled.
Plenković added that he was working to maintain the status of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina as equal to that of the other two constituent ethnic groups, the Serbs and the Bosniaks. He also underlined Croatia's unreserved support to Bosnia and Herzegovina's journey to EU membership.
Ivan Grbešić, the President of the Advisory Council to the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Croats Living Abroad, said there was a lot of work ahead and vowed to never give up fighting for the rights of Croats around the world.
Zvonko Milas, State Secretary of the Central State Office for Croats Abroad: "It is up to everyone to work together diligently within the current circumstances to bring about change and to make Croatia as strong, as good, and as bright as possible, for the benefit of all those who will join us. And there are many. The descendants of second and third generations of Croatian emigrants are coming back to Croatia."
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