ASSEMBLY OF HOMELAND AND EMIGRATED CROATIAN YOUTH
Which took place on 18th to 20th July 2003.
In Hotel «Parentium»
In organization of the Club
Homeland and emigrated Croatian youth is unique in estimation that
the existing situation of young men in western societies is exposed
to assimilated pressures which are leading to alienation from nation,
and homeland is taking very small measures to prevent that.
Relations towards youth from is similar to relations of homeland towards
Diaspora generally, i.e. there is a question of systematic neglecting
of it’s needs and also there is a question of unused it’s material,
economic and cultural-scientific potentials in mutually interest.
Number of young people included to processes of decision-making in the
country is not even approximately similar to their numerousness in the
complete number of living population, so that the voice of the youth
is not heard, and even if it is heard than it is in question as a part
of some party’s politics, and not the essential need of youth generally.
Republic of Croatia must find the models in order to prevent young and
educated personnel departing the country, since here is the problem
of permanent intellectual nation impoverishment which will make our
common future extremely uncertain.
Young people in emigration are interested in models of return and living
in a country of their ancestors and for those processes Croatian country
and Government must accomplish the necessary suppositions.
Young people’s needs shouldn’t be turned out trough narrow party’s interests,
but trough unique activities on the apolitical positions and trough
the institutions of so called civilian society. With regard to that,
there is a direct attention for a need to create a unique organization
which, with its numerousness, pluralism of ideas and views on the important
society questions, with it’s strength and unity, would be a powerful
asset for accomplishment of specific young people’s needs.
Young people’s voice is the voice of future, and young people have life
and intellectual opportunities to take over the responsibility in society
as well as in state. Rule and opposition structures in country must
recognize that potential, they also have to open the space for their
undisturbed work and they have to include those young people into decision-making
processes on all societies level.
It is very important to organize the work of diplomatic-consular missions
in a different way, because they should be the connection between the
emigration youth and homeland country, while at the same time taking
care for the youth’s specific and their needs. It’s necessary to create
and realize good quality programs which would enable to strengthen the
connection between homeland and emigrated youth, whether trough student
exchange, cultural, sports and other activities, or trough organizing
summer schools, advanced learning of their native speech and trough
greater possibility of using Internet possibilities in order to acquaint
young people in the world with the Croatian’s history, cultural and
To take organization and other measures in order to accomplish young
people’s uniting on the Croatian and world level, which are based on
the conclusions from the 6th point and other Assembly’s conclusions,
and International Club of Croatian Emigrants, Returnees and Investors
from Diaspora is obligated to coordinate the planed activities.