National youth policy falls within the scope of the Central State Office for Demography and Youth and is regulated by the department of youth within this ministry. Even though recognized as a unique field, youth policy is still is a shared domain accros other ministries, predominantely Ministry of Science and Education and Ministry of Labour and Pension System.
The needs, potentials and possibilities for young people are not defined nor supported by the Law on Youth but with the strategy (The National Youth Strategy) which is considered to be the focal point for youth policy in Croatia. Nevertheless, the only normative act within the youth field is the Law on Youth Advisory Boards which conceptualizes the basic aspects of local youth policy.
Youth policy is made throught the participatory process of consultation with relevant youth organization and tends to be supported in evidences produced by scientific research.
In Croatia, the share of young people, aged 15–30 is declining, while at the begining of the 1990s there was around 21%, according to the last census (2011) there the share of young people in the population is around 18,6%.
Ratio (%) of young people in the total population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].
Absolute number of young people on 1 January for the age group 15-29 (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_010 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].
Ratio (%) of men and women in the youth population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].
Young immigrants from non-EU countries (2016): Eurostat, yth_demo_070 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].