Serbs of Croatia
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|186,633 (4.4%) (2011)|
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Serbs of Croatia (or Croatian Serbs) constitute the largest national minority in Croatia. There has been a substantial Serbian population in Croatia since the Middle Ages, although the population has been declining. According to the 2011 census there were 186,633 ethnic Serbs living in Croatia, 4.4% of the total population. Their number was reduced by more than two thirds in the aftermath of the 1991–95 War in Croatia as the 1991 pre-war census had reported 581,663 Serbs living in Croatia, 12.2% of the total population. From 1991 to 1995, there existed a de facto independent state Republic of Serbian Krajina which included various territories where Serbs were the majority population in Croatia.
Generally, during the course of history, the population of Serbs in Croatia has steadily gone down. This trend can chiefly be attributed to the casualties of war, as well as the mass migrations that were induced by it. The loss of the heavily Serb populated Eastern Srijem region, the incorporation of Istria and Dalmatia, and the non-inclusion of Croat dominated regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the Socialist Republic of Croatia (as had been done in the Banovina of Croatia), are examples of territorial changes that either increased or reduced the relative percentage of the Serb population of Croatia.
|Population of Croatia 1931-2001|
This list contains counties, cities and municipalities with a significant percentage of Serbs. The units are arranged according to the percent of this national minority.
Counties with significant Serbian minority (10 percent or more) include by census 2011:
|County||Total population||Number of Serbs||Percentage of Serbs||Total percentage of minorities|
Municipalities with significant Serbian minority (10 percent or more) include (2011):
- Ervenik (1 074 or 97,19%)
- Negoslavci (1 417 or 96,86%)
- Markušica (2 302 or 90,10%)
- Trpinja (5 001 or 89,75%)
- Borovo (4 537 or 89,73%)
- Biskupija (1 452 or 85,46%)
- Šodolovci (1 365 or 82,58%)
- Donji Lapac (1 704 or 80,64%)
- Vrhovine (1 108 or 80,23%)
- Civljane (188 or 78,66%)
- Dvor (4 005 or 71,90%)
- Krnjak (1 362 or 68,61%)
- Vrginmost (1 976 or 66,53%)
- Jagodnjak (1 333 or 65,89%)
- Kistanje (2 166 or 62,22%)
- Erdut (3 987 or 54,56%)
- Udbina (958 or 51,12%)
- Plaški (952 or 45,55%)
- Gračac (2 118 or 45,16%)
- Vojnić (2 130 or 44,71%)
- Donji Kukuruzari (569 or 34,82%)
- Topusko (893 or 29,92%)
- Majur (323 or 27,26%)
- Plitvička Jezera (1 184 or 27,08%)
- Darda (1 603 or 23,20%)
- Sunja (1 280 or 22,27%)
- Stari Jankovci (952 or 21,61%)
- Saborsko (136 or 21,52%)
- Okučani (716 or 20,77%)
- Dragalić (243 or 17,85%)
- Kneževi Vinogradi (815 or 17,66%)
- Popovac (355 or 17,03%)
- Viljevo (340 or 16,46%)
- Rasinja (533 or 16,31%)
- Podgorač (466 or 16,20%)
- Lovinac (162 or 16,09%)
- Stara Gradiška (197 or 14,45%)
- Nova Bukovica (245 or 13,83%)
- Sirač (300 or 13,53%)
- Đulovac (427 or 13,16%)
- Velika Pisanica (231 or 12,97%)
- Sokolovac (440 or 12,88%)
- Levanjska Varoš (153 or 12,81%)
- Lišane Ostrovičke (87 or 12,46%)
- Barilovići (354 or 11,84%)
- Lasinja (192 or 11,82%)
- Dežanovac (318 or 11,71%)
- Suhopolje (763 or 11,42%)
- Nijemci (515 or 10,95%)
- Tompojevci (164 or 10,48%)
- Polača (153 or 10,42%)
- Magadenovac (195 or 10,07%)
Cities and towns 
Cities and towns with significant Serbian minority (10 percent or more) include by census 2011:
- Vrbovsko (1 788 or 35,22%)
- Vukovar (9 654 or 34,87%)
- Obrovac (1 359 or 31,44%)
- Glina (2 549 or 27,46%)
- Beli Manastir (2 572 or 25,55%)
- Hrvatska Kostajnica (690 or 25,04%)
- Knin (3 551 or 23,05%)
- Skradin (679 or 17,75%)
- Ogulin (2 466 or 17,72%)
- Pakrac (1 340 or 15,84%)
- Lipik (860 or 13,94%)
- Benkovac (1 519 or 13,78%)
- Daruvar (1 429 or 12,28%)
- Petrinja (2 710 or 10,98%)
- Slunj (534 or 10,52%)
- Garešnica (1 062 or 10,14%)
Middle Ages 
According to the 10th-century Byzantine work De Administrando Imperio written by Constantine Porphyrogenitos the Serbs settled in parts of modern-day Croatia during the rule of Heraclius (610–626) and soon formed a Serbian state which stretched across parts of modern-day Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. The Županates/Župania, of Pagania, Zachumlia and Travunia (which encompassed Dalmatia, roughly south of modern Split) were inhabited by Serbs.
"From Ragusa begins the domain of the Zachlumi (Ζαχλοῦμοι) and stretches along as far as the river Orontius; and on the side of the coast it is neighbour to the Pagani, but on the side of the mountain country it is neighbour to the Croats on the north and to Serbia at the front. [...] The Zahumljani (Захумљани) that now live there are Serbs, originating from the time of the prince (archont) who fled to emperor Heraclius [...] The land of the Zahumljani comprise the following cities: Ston (το Σταγνον / to Stagnon), Mokriskik (το Μοκρισκικ), Josli (το Ιοσλε / to Iosle), Galumainik (το Γαλυμαενικ / to Galumaenik), Dobriskik (το Δοβρισκικ / to Dovriskik)"
Višeslav of Serbia, a contemporary of Charlemagne (fl. 768-814), ruled the Županias of Neretva, Tara, Piva, Lim, his ancestral lands. According to the Royal Frankish Annals (821–822), Duke of Pannonia Ljudevit Posavski fled, during the Frankish invasion, from his seat in Sisak to the Serbs in western Bosnia, who controlled a great part of Dalmatia ("Sorabos, quae natio magnam Dalmatiae partem obtinere dicitur"). The event would have taken place during the rule of either Radoslav or his son, Prosigoj. In the 880s, the Serb Prince Mutimir exiled his two brothers due to treachery, but kept his nephew Petar at the court. Petar later fled to the Croatian principality. When Mutimir's son Pribislav had ruled for a year, Petar returned and defeated him, making him flee with his brothers Bran and Stefan to Croatia. In 894 Bran returned but was defeated and blinded. Pavle, the son of Bran, later returned and defeated Pavle with Bulgarian aid.
In 1222, the King of Serbia Stefan Prvovenčani gifted Mljet, Babino Polje, the Saint Vid church on Korčula, Janin and Popova Luka and churches of St. Stephen and St. George, to a Benedictine monastery on Mljet.
The first Serbian Orthodox monastery in Croatia, Krupa, was built in 1317 by Stephen Uroš II Milutin of Serbia, other medieval monuments include Krka (before 1345) and Dragović (late 14th century). Many monasteries and churches were damaged in the War in Croatia. In 1333 the Republic of Ragusa bought the Pelješac peninsula and the coast land between Ston and Dubrovnik from Serbian King Stefan Dušan, the Ragusans promised freedom of religion to the Orthodox Serbs.
In the 14th century, Dalmatian documents mention Morlachs for the first time. In August 1417, Venetian authorities were concerned by the "Morlachs and other Slavs" from the hinterland, that were a threat to security in Sibenik.
Members of the Orlović Serb clan settled in Lika and Senj in 1432, they later joined the Uskoks. In 1436, Serbs appeared at the Cetina river in the realm of Ivan Frankopan, he gave them the same privileges as his predecessors had.
Ottoman conquest and Austria-Hungary 
As many former inhabitants of the Austrian-Ottoman borderland fled northwards or were captured by the Ottoman invaders, they left unpopulated areas. The Austrian Empire encouraged people, mostly Orthodox Serbs, and also Vlachs, from the Ottoman Empire, to settle as free peasant soldiers, establishing the Military Frontiers (Militärgrenze) in 1522 (hence they were known as Grenzers, Krajišnici). The militarized frontier would serve as a buffer against Ottoman incursions. The Military frontiers had territory of modern Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Hungary. The colonists were granted small tracts of land, exempted from some obligations, and were to retain a share of all war booty. The Grenzers elected their own captains (vojvode) and magistrates (knezovi). All Orthodox settlers were promised freedom of worship. By 1538, the Croatian and Slavonian Military Frontier were established. Serbs acted as the cordon sanitaire against Turkish incursions from the Ottoman Empire. The Military frontiers are virtually identical to the present Serbian settlements (war-time Republic of Serbian Krajina).
According to Croatian writer Branimir Anzulovic, native Vlachs of Croatia adopted the Croatian language prior to the Ottoman conquest, but still identified themselves as Vlachs. In places where they were majority of the population, Vlachs enjoyed privileges under the Statuta Valachorum. Catholic Vlachs were assimilated into Croats, while the Orthodox, under the Serbian Orthodox Church, identified with Serbs. The serbianized Vlachs became the bulk of the Serbian population in Croatia. According to David Kideckeln, majority of the population of the Croatian Military Frontier were Orthodox Vlachs, originating from Southern and Central Balkans, who, under assimilation, spoke South Slavic language.
In 1593, Provveditore Generale Cristoforo Valier, mentions three nations constituting the Uskoks; "natives of Senj, Croatians, and Morlachs from the Turkish parts". Many of the Uskoks, who fought a guerrilla war with the Ottoman Empire were ethnic Serbs (Serbian Orthodox Christian) who fled from Ottoman Turkish rule and settled in Bela Krajina and Zumberak.
Stojan Janković (1636–1687), a notable general of the Dalmatian Serbs in Venetian service, was recorded by Cosmi, the Archbishop of Split (in the summer of 1685), as having brought 300 families with him to Dalmatia, and also that around Trogir and Split there were 5000 refugees from Turkish lands, without food - seen as a serious threat to the defense of Dalmatia. Grain sent by the Pope proved insufficient, and the Serbs were forced to launch expeditions into Turkish territory.
Venetian priest and writer Alberto Fortis mentions the "Morlachs in the Dalmatian hinterland" in his work Travels into Dalmatia, written in 1774. All chapters, except the Morlach "De' Costumi de' Morlacchi", were geographically divided, showing the anthropological status. In it, he speaks of overall cultural traits: gusla (folk instrument), hajduk (freedom fighter, outlaw), uskok (Adriatic pirate), kolo (circle dance), opanak (traditional footwear), rakija (alcoholic beverage), vampir, etc., recognized as part of the Serb ethnotype. He gave them the attributes of noble savagery. Edward Gibbon, however, called them "barbarians", and "a race of ferocious men, unreasonable, without humanity, capable of any misdeed", in his 1776 work. Fortis gave a sympathetic anthropological view of "barbarous" customs in Dalmatia, while Gibbon possibly found the presence of barbarians distasteful. Ivan Lovrić (died 1777), a Venetian Croat ethnographer from Sinj that wrote Observations on 'Travels in Dalmatia' of Abbot Alberto Fortis, said that the Morlachs were Slavs who spoke better Slavic than the Ragusians (owing to the growing Italianization of the Dalmatian coast). Croatian Boško Desnica (1886–1945), after analysing Venetian papers, concluded that the language of the Morlachs is always mentioned as "Servian". Furthermore, Lucius Ferraris (died 1763) had recorded that Vlachs had a negative connotation to Slavs, at it meant the lowest of status. Tihomir Đorđević points to the already known fact that the name 'Vlach' didn't only refer to genuine Vlachs or Serbs but also to cattle breeders in general. A letter of Emperor Ferdinand, sent on November 6, 1538, to Croatian ban Petar Keglević, in which he wrote "Captains and dukes of the Rasians, or the Serbs, or the Vlachs, who usually call themselves the Serbs". The Military Border was returned in 1881 to the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia. In 1918, it became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs, which immediately joined the Kingdom of Serbia to form the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
World War II 
Following the Invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941 Axis powers occupied the entire territory of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. On the territory of the present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia a puppet state called the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) was created, led by the Ustaše, a fascist Croatian movement.
The Ustaše government saw Serbs as "disrupting element" and immediately embarked on program of ethnic clensing and genocide. They went on to create concentration camps in which Serbs, Jews, Gypsies, anti-fascist Croats and homosexuals perished in large numbers, the most notorious of which was the Jasenovac concentration camp. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum between 320,000 and 340,000 Serbs were killed by the Ustaše or their allies during WWII.
The main paramilitary force Serbs of Croatia were involved with was the Chetniks. In March 1942 the Chetniks formed the Dinara Division, led by war criminal and Orthodox priest Momčilo Đujić. This unit had a program to create Greater Serbia with a corridor between Herzegovina, northern Dalmatia and Bosnia, Lika to Slavonia. During the war, this division was involved in ethnic cleansing of this area. Chetniks in Croatia collaborated with fascist Italy to achieve their goals.
Socialist Republic of Croatia 
Serbs in Croatia during the period of Socialist Yugoslavia were greatly overrepresented in government, economy and police. Although making up 11.5% of total population, in 1984, Serbs made up 49.9% of Croatian police, with many of other ethnic Serbs declaring themselves as "Yugoslavs".
Yugoslav Wars 
Amid political changes during the breakup of Yugoslavia and following the Croatian Democratic Union's victory in the 1990 general election, the Parliament of Croatia ratified a new constitution in December 1990 which changed the status of Serbs from a constitutional nation to a national minority, listed with other minorities. A majority of Serb politicians have misread this as taking away some of the rights from the Serbs granted by the previous Socialist constitution, because the Constitution of SR Croatia treated solely Croats as a constitutive nation. Croatia was the "national state" for Croats, "state" for Serbs and other minorities.
The percentage of those declaring themselves as Serbs, according to the 1991 census, was 12.2% (78.1% of the population declared itself to be Croat). Today a majority of Serbs are able to return to Croatia legally. However, in reality a majority of Serbs who left during organized evacuation (citing: see section "Literature") in 1995 choose to remain citizens of other countries in which they gained citizenship. Consequently, today Serbs constitute 4% of Croatian population, down from the prewar population of 12%.
Before the Croatian War of Independence, part of the Croatian Serbs rebelled ("balvan revolucija") and led a military campaign against the Croatian state, creating an unrecognized state called Republic of Serbian Krajina in hopes of achieving independence, international recognition, and complete self-governance from the government of Croatia. Rebellion was allegedly incited from Serbia. As the popularity of the unification of Serbian people into a Greater Serbia with Serbia proper increased, the rebellion against the Croatian rule also increased. Some Serb politicians from Croatia sought a peaceful solution. Some of them organized Serb parties in the Croatian government-controlled areas, like Milan Đukić; some of them (Veljko Džakula) unsuccessfully tried to organize the parties in the rebelled areas, but their work was prevented by Serb warmongers.
The Republic of Krajina had de facto control over one third of Croatian territory during its existence between 1991 to 1995 but failed to gain international recognition. Separatists' bid for independence ended in a Croatian crackdown during the 1995 Operation Storm which effectively ended the rebellion. The Supreme Defense Council or RSK ordered the evacuation of civilians after the Croatian government launched the operation.
Months prior to Operation Storm, civil defense siren system drills sounded at random times in order to warn the citizens of an enemy attack. The drills became a normal occurrence in months prior to the 1995 Krajina Exodus. (citing: see section "Literature"). In response to a Croatian lawsuit accusing Serbia of genocide in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia has filed its own countersuit against Croatia alleging that Operation Storm and other Croatian military operations during the 1990s were acts of ethnic cleansing amounting to a genocide of local Serbs. Furthermore, the UN war crimes prosecutors have alleged that Croatian Armed Forces shelled civilians and torched Serb homes in a deliberate effort to expel tens of thousands of Serbs during a 1995 crackdown on Serb crack dealers.
A majority of Serbs have emigrated from Croatia after the war during the 1995 Krajina Exodus while a small minority have returned to Croatia. Today, Serbs represent 4% of the total population of Croatia, or 201,631 out of the total population of 4.4 million.
The majority of Serbs in the occupied areas had left before the arrival of the Croatian Army, finding refuge mainly in Serbia and parts of Bosnia, while between 700 and 1,200 elderly Serb civilians were killed.
The war ended with a military success of the Croatian government in 1995 and subsequent peaceful reintegration of the remaining renegade territory in eastern Slavonia in 1998 as a result of the signed Erdut Agreement from 1995. Local Serbs are, on the ground that Agreement, established the Serb National Council and gained the right to establish the Joint Council of Municipalities.
The exodus of the Krajina Serbs in 1995 was prompted by the advance of the Croatian troops, but was mostly self-organized rather than forced. All Serbs were officially called upon to stay in Croatia shortly before the operation. Many Croat refugees moved to homes abandoned by Serbs during Operation Storm, ostensibly because their homes were destroyed by the Serbs. At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Milan Babić was indicted, pleaded guilty and was convicted for "persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, a crime against humanity". Babić stated during his trial that "during the events, and in particular at the beginning of his political career, he was strongly influenced and misled by Serbian propaganda".
Most Serbs from Bilogora and northwestern Slavonia fled those areas as they fell under Croatian control. Subsequently in the later stages of the war under orders of the Krajina government, Serbs of western Slavonia, Banovina, Kordun, Lika and Dalmatian fled as the area came under Croatian control.
The prewar census of 1991 was the last Yugoslavian census held in Croatia. Around 580,000 citizens declared themselves as Serbs. At that time Serbs reportedly represented 12.2% of the Croatian population, although suspicions have been raised about the validity of the census in question. After the war, the Serb population was reduced to 4.5%.
Serbs in Croatia have cultural traditions ranging from kolo dances and singing, which are kept alive today by performances by various folklore groups.
Serbs of Croatia are Serbian Orthodox. There are many Orthodox monasteries across Croatia, built since the 14th century. Most notable and historically significant are the Krka monastery, Krupa monastery, Dragović monastery, Lepavina Monastery and Gomirje monastery. Many Orthodox churches were demolished during World War II and Yugoslav war, while some were rebuilt by the EU fundings, Croatian government and Serbian diaspora donations.
In the 1560s a Serbian Orthodox bishop was installed in the Metropolitanate of Požega, seated in the monastery of Remeta. In the 17th century, the Eparchy of Marča was founded at Marča, in the Croatian frontier. These were part of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate of Peć, which was reestablished in 1557, and lasted under Ottoman governance until 1766. Other bishoprics were founded, although their approval by the Habsburgs hinged on the belief that they would facilitate the union of these Orthodox Christians with the Catholic Church, and in fact, many, including some Orthodox bishops, did unify with Rome.
Serbs in the Croatian Military Frontier were out of the jurisdiction of the Serbian Patriarchate of Peć and in 1611, and after demands from the community, the Pope established the Eparchy of Marča (Vratanija) with seat at the Serbian-built Marča Monastery, with a Byzantine vicar instated as bishop sub-ordinate to the Roman Catholic bishop of Zagreb - working to bring Serbian Orthodox Christians into communion with Rome, which caused struggle of power between the Catholics and the Serbs over the region.
In 1695 Orthodox Eparchy of Lika-Krbava and Zrinopolje was established by metropolitan Atanasije Ljubojević and certified by Emperor Josef I in 1707. In 1735 the Serbian Orthodox protested in the Marča Monastery and became part of the Serbian Orthodox Church until 1753 when the Pope restored the Roman Catholic clergy. On June 17, 1777 the Eparchy of Križevci was permanently established by Pope Pius VI with its Episcopal see at Križevci, near Zagreb, thus forming the Croatian Greek Catholic Church which would after World War I include other people; the Rusyns and ethnic Ukrainians of Yugoslavia.
Serbs in modern Croatia 
Tension between Serbs and Croats were violently high in 1990s. The violence has reduced since 2000 and has remained low to this day, however, significant problems remain. The participation of the largest Serb party SDSS in the Croatian Government of Ivo Sanader has eased tensions to an extent, but the refugee situation is still politically sensitive. The main issue is high-level official and social discrimination against the Serbs. At the height levels of the government, new laws are continuously being introduced in order to combat this discrimination, thus, demonstrating an effort on the part of government. For example, lengthy and in some cases unfair proceedings, particularly in lower level courts, remain a major problem for Serbian returnees pursuing their rights in court. In addition, Serbs continue to be discriminated against in access to employment and in realizing other economic and social rights. Also some cases of violence and harassment against Croatian Serbs continue to be reported.
The property laws allegedly favor Bosnian Croats refugees who took residence in houses that were left unoccupied and unguarded by Serbs after Operation Storm. Amnesty International's 2005 report considers one of the greatest obstacles to the return of thousands of Croatian Serbs has been the failure of the Croatian authorities to provide adequate housing solutions to Croatian Serbs who were stripped of their occupancy rights, including where possible by reinstating occupancy rights to those who had been affected by their discriminatory termination.
The European Court of Human Rights decided against Croatian Serb Kristina Blečić, stripped her of occupancy rights after leaving his house in 1991 in Zadar. In 2009, the UN Human Rights Committee found a wartime termination of occupancy rights of a Serbian family to violate ICCPR. In 2010, the European Committee on Social Rights found the treatment of Serbs in Croatia in respect of housing to be discriminatory and too slow, thus in violation of Croatia's obligations under the European Social Charter.
The major Serb parties in Croatia are the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) and the Serb People's Party (SNS). In the elections of 2007 and 2011, the SDSS has won all 3 Serbian seats in the parliament. In the Cabinet of Ivo Sanader II, the party was part of the ruling coalition led by the conservative Croatian Democratic Union, and SDSS member Slobodan Uzelac held the post of Deputy Prime Minister.
Other smaller Serb parties include the Party of Danube Serbs, the Democratic Party of Serbs and the New Serbian Party. There are also ethnic Serb politicians who are members of mainstream political parties, such as the centre-left Social Democratic Party's MPs Željko Jovanović, Branko Grčić and Milanka Opačić.
Social and judicial problems 
During the final years of Franjo Tuđman's rule, tensions between Croats and Serbs reduced but with significant problems remaining. The two pressing issues are high levels of official and societal discrimination against Serbs and the indeterminate position of hundreds of thousands of Serb refugees (some of whom have returned) who have not had their property restored or been compensated for their losses. New laws continue to be introduced to combat discrimination, demonstrating an effort on the part of authorities, but it will take time to assess their implementation and efficacy. Recent court decisions also suggest progress on property restoration and allocation of reconstruction funds to Serbs but, again, these are small advances relative to the size of the challenge. Lengthy and in some cases unfair proceedings, particularly in lower-level courts, remain a major problem for returnees pursuing their rights in court. Croatian Serbs continue to be discriminated against in access to employment and in realizing other economic and social rights. Some cases of violence and harassment against Croatian Serbs continue to be reported.
The reasons why many Serb refugees still have not returned vary:
- Integration at the current place of displacement
- Poor economic conditions, especially in rural areas
- Fear of prosecution for war crimes – the Croatian legal system, like the ICTY, has secret lists of war crimes suspects, and many returnees were caught by surprise when the authorities arrested them upon re-entry
- Fear of retribution
- Ethnic discrimination
- Unfavorable property laws
In 2004/2005, the government of Serbia had about 140,000 refugees of unsolved status from Croatia registered on its territory. About 13,000 house repair demands were pending with the Croatian authorities.
The property laws allegedly favor Croats who immigrated into the previously Serb-dominant areas after having been forced out of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Serbs. Under the current law, a person who occupies someone else's previously vacated house and does not have alternative accommodation (such as their own home or a place in a refugee camp), is allowed to stay in someone else's private property as a refugee, without being charged for squatting. The number of such individuals and families has dropped significantly in the 2000s, and a certain amount of property was returned to its previous owners. However, at the same time not all of the former refugees actually left the same houses, and instead remained in the occupied houses illegally. In 2004, the authorities noted around 1,400 houses still occupied by former refugees, and in 2005, this number was reduced to 385 housing units.
With regard to reparation of war damages, the plight of the Serbs is similar to the plight of the Croats—the money and/or resources offered by the government often amount to only a small fraction of the value of the people's properties prior to the war. In a recent public protest, a group of Serbs from Vukovar who had worked in the Borovo shoe factory demanded that their pre-war employment was honoured as it was for the Croatian employees which has stayed loyal to Croatia during war. Because during Krajina period Serb workers has made payment outside Croatia pension funds (in Krajina pension funds) state position is that they have lost this and many others workers rights.
Successive peacetime governments have worked with local Serb representatives to attempt to rectify war-related problems with the support of the international community and under the watch of the independent media. At the same time, cooperation on the lower levels has been lacking. The participation of the largest Serb party, the SDSS, in the Croatian government of Ivo Sanader has eased tensions to an extent, but the refugee situation is still politically sensitive. In 2005 and 2006, the presidents Mesić of Croatia and Tadić of Serbia exchanged official visits and met with the national minorities of their respective countries.
In the 2007 local national council elections, there were 274,968 eligible Croatian voters of Serb ethnicity for the County national councils. Only 23,325 voted or 8.48%. For the civic national councils there were 131,717 registered Serb voters, 8,413 or 6.39% voted. In the municipal Serb national councils with 76,697 eligible voters, 11,161 or 14.55% voted.
As of 2009[update], Serbian language is officially used in twenty three cities and municipalities and two other settlements in Croatia, according to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
Notable individuals 
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- Petar Bergamo (born 1930) - composer
- Momčilo Bajagić (born 1960) - singer, songwriter, musician
- Bogdan Diklić (born 1953) - actor
- Sima Ćirković (1929–2009) - historian
- Petar Kralj (1941–2011) - actor
- Arsen Dedić (born 1938) - singer-songwriter, musician, composer and a poet
- Vladan Desnica (1905–1967) - writer
- Vojin Jelić (1921–2004) - poet
- Simo Matavulj (1852–1908) - novelist
- Dejan Medaković (1922–2008) - writer and historian, winner of the Herder Prize
- Nikodim Milaš (1845–1915) - bishop and perhaps the greatest Serbian expert on church law
- Lukijan Mušicki (1777–1837) - notable Baroque poet, writer and polyglot
- Zaharije Orfelin (1726–1785) - 18th-century polymath 
- Božidar Petranović (1809–1874) - author, scholar, and journalist
- Petar Preradović (1818–1872) - poet
- Josif Runjanin (1821–1878) - composer of the Croatian national anthem
- Rade Šerbedžija (born 1946) - film actor
- Slavko Štimac (born 1960) - film actor
- Konstantin Vojnović (1832–1903) politician, university professor and rector of the University of Zagreb
- Ivo Vojnović (1857–1929) - writer
- Toma Rosandić (1878–1958) - prominent sculptor
- Stana Katic (born 1978) - a Canadian film and television actress 
- Milan Mladenović (1958–1994) - musician
- Jovan Karamata (1902–1967) - mathematician
- Mihailo Merćep (1864–1937) - notable cyclist and aviation pioneer
- Milutin Milanković (1879–1958) - geophysicist and civil engineer, best known for his theory of ice ages
- Sava Mrkalj (1783–1833) - linguist and poet
- Josif Pančić (1814–1888) - botanist who first described the Serbian Spruce
- Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) - inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer
- Gajo Petrović (1927–1993) - philosopher
- Nikola Hajdin (1923) - construction engineer and President of SANU
- Vladimir Beara (born 1928) - football player and manager
- Jelena Dokić (born 1983) - Australian tennis player
- Miloš Milošević (born 1972) - swimmer
- Jasna Šekarić (born 1965) - sports shooter, five-time Olympic medalist
- Predrag Stojaković (born 1977) - Serbian basketball player
- Vladimir Vujasinović (born 1973) - Serbian water polo player
- Siniša Mihajlović (born 1969) - Serbian football manager and former player
- Ilija Petković (born 1945) - Serbian football manager, former Serbia national football team head coach and a former player
- Aleksandar Čubrilo (born 1975) - basketball player
- Kosta Perović - basketball player
- Zoran Erceg - basketball player
- Predrag Šuput - basketball player
- Duško Savanović - basketball player
- Božidar Maljković - basketball coach
- Božidar Milošević - basketball player
- Milan Mačvan - basketball player
- Danijel Ljuboja - football player
- Andrija Prlainović - water polo player
- Beloš Vukanović (1110–1198) - Serbian prince, Ban of Croatia between 1142 and 1163
- Gerasim Zelić (1752–1838)- Serbian Orthodox archimandrite, traveler, and writer
- Svetozar Boroević (1856–1920) - Austro-Hungarian Field Marshal
- Momčilo Đujić (1907–1999) - Commander in the WWII Chetnik movement
- Stevan Šupljikac (1786–1848) was a voivode (military commander) and the first Duke of the Serbian Vojvodina
- Stjepan Jovanović (1828–1885) - notable military commander of Austrian Empire
- Rade Končar (1911–1942) - communist leader and legendary WWII resistance fighter
- Boško Buha (1926–1943) - WWII resistance fighter
- Mile Mrkšić (born 1947) - army colonel of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) involved in the 1991 Battle of Vukovar
- Patriarch Pavle of Serbia (1914–2009) (born Gojko Stojčević) - former Patriarch of Serbia
- Svetozar Pribićević (1875–1936) - early 20th-century politician in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
- Jovan Rašković (1929–1992) - politician who first called for a Serbian autonomy within Croatia in the 1990s
- Slavko Ćuruvija (1949–1999) - a journalist and newspaper publisher
- Josif Rajačić (1785–1861) - metropolitan of Sremski Karlovci, Serbian patriarch, administrator of Serbian Vojvodina and baron
- Jovo Stanisavljević Čaruga (1897–1925) - legendary outlaw in early 20th-century Slavonia
- Janko Veselinović (born 1965) - member of the National Assembly of Serbia
- Zdravko Ponoš (born 1962) a former chief of the general staff of the military of Serbia
- Mirko Marjanović (1937–2006) - a former Prime Minister of Serbia and a high-ranking official in Slobodan Milošević's Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS)
- Nada Dimić (1923-1942) - a Yugoslav communist and People's Hero of Yugoslavia.
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- Novosti (Croatia)
- Serbian Orthodox Secondary School
- Independent Democratic Serb Party
- Association for Serbian language and literature in the Republic of Croatia
- Serbian Democratic Forum
- Radio Borovo
- Diaspora politics
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- De Administrando Imperio
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- The Serbs, p. 14
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