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Factsheet for measure HR-2022-13/2181 – measures in Croatia

Government funded private accommodation for Ukrainian refugees

Pokrivanje troškova smještaja izbjeglica iz Ukrajine

Country Croatia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 23 March 2022 – 22 March 2024
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Predrag Bejakovic (IJF)
Measure added 11 April 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

At the end of March 2022, there were around 11,000 refugees from Ukraine in Croatia. Most of them had very limited financial resources. Therefore, the Croatian government decided that their accommodation costs would be covered from Croatian budget. On its meeting on 23 March 2022, the government decided that the accommodation costs for refugees from Ukraine would be reimbursed pursuant to a rental contract with the Interior Ministry (Civil Protection Administration) for a period of six months, with the possibility of extending contracts up to one year.

Content of measure

Providers of accommodation will be paid monthly to cover the cost of accommodation and utility bills. Expenses will be paid in the amount of HRK 50 (€6.64) a day for single persons, families with more members will receive HRK 40 (€5.31) a day for the first person, HRK 30 (€3.98) for a second member, HRK 20 (€2.66) for a third member and HRK 10 ((€1.33) a day for each member after that. The highest monthly accommodation costs can be HRK 3,600 (€6.64)

Housing units have to have to be of a minimum of 30m2 for one person and an additional 5m2 for each family member after that. The premises must include a kitchen and bathroom with a lavatory. It must also be furnished and have the necessary appliances and utility infrastructure. Eligible are private rentals as well as business, like hotels, hostels and similar. A total budget allocated to this measure is not specified but will depends on the number of refuges.

Use of measure

The money for this will be ensured from the state budget from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. The government has authorised the Interior Ministry, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family, and Social Policy and the Civil Protection Administration to implement this decision.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Due to the nature of the measure, social partners were not involved.

Views and reactions

Although due to the nature of the measure, social partners were not involved, they fully support all kinds of aid to the refuges from Ukraine.


  • 23 March 2022: The government’s decision on the covering of the accommodation costs for refugees from Ukraine (Odluka Vlade o pokrivanju troškova smještaja izbjeglica iz Ukrajine) (


Eurofound (2022), Government funded private accommodation for Ukrainian refugees, measure HR-2022-13/2181 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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