Medical workforce, and especially doctors (both specialists and in training), are welcome in Croatia.
However, due to the fact that positions are not so abundant it might take considerable time in terms of months or even years for a doctor to get a training post, especially in urban areas.
The chances are much higher in rural areas, but then with additional obligations in contracts (obligation to stay in that area/institution for a number of years, etc.) - although in recent years this has also become the case with large hospital centres in larger cities.
In general, it will be easier for specialists to find employment.
The adaptation will be very difficult without advanced knowledge of Croatian language.
On the other hand, there is a number of young doctors, fluent in English, German and other languages, that decide to emigrate and get training somewhere else.
Popular countries include those in the west - primarily, but not limited to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.
Croatian Medical Chamber collects data on physicians’ migrations and forwards them to national authorities and competent EU offices (e.g. ENIC/NARIC office).
As Croatia entered the EU on July 1st 2013, the emigration of Croatian doctors to EU countries became much easier than it was before, with the 1st significant wave of emigration in progress.