Croats have had to cope with a series of major weather disasters, including the floods that killed over 3,000 people in 2014 and the pandemic that struck across Europe in the spring of that year.
The new arrivals to the capital, Dubrovnik, are just starting to adjust to their new surroundings.
The city is now home to around 1 million residents, and the capital has experienced a series to catastrophic weather disasters in the past.
These disasters have caused huge economic losses and left a permanent mark on the country.
One of the most recent disasters happened in March 2016, when the city of Dubrovnica was hit by heavy rains that knocked out power and shut down many public transport systems.
A week later, Croatia suffered another severe weather event when a hurricane ripped through the country, causing heavy rain to fall for three days.
The damage to Dubrovnicja and other cities like Krakow and Zagreb was estimated to be worth around $10 billion.
Many people fled their homes as a result of the floods.
“The flood affected almost all of the cities, but especially Dubrovniak.
A lot of people, mainly elderly people, had to leave their homes, because they could not afford to pay for the damages caused by the floods,” says local businessman Andrzej Štežość.
Most of Dubovnik’s population are now looking for a new home in Croatia.
Many have found homes in the capital city of Vukovar.
“In my house, there is one room with a mattress and bed.
People can sleep there, but it is very noisy and very hot.
In my other room there is a small kitchen and two bathrooms,” Špež said.
Šbežka, the local resident, had just finished a two-month holiday in Croatia with her husband.
“It was so hot that I was scared, but then I was happy.
I could have stayed in the city, but I stayed in Vukoviar,” she said.
As the summer months continue, the city has started to adapt.
People have started to build shelters in the old town, which is a large cluster of old buildings, and in the main street, where people now use a number of public transportation routes to get to work.
Some are starting to rebuild their homes.
But most are still struggling to survive in Dubrovnick.
šteſož says he would love to return to Dubovnica.
“But I will never forget the way that I saw Dubrovnia, the people and the city.
Dubrovny is the worst place I have ever been,” he said.