Miloš Vasiljević (CRP 5619) was a client of CRP Sisak since 2003. Yes, he was, because he died in March of this year, 2023. So, for 20 years, the CRP Sisak tried to help the client to adequately regulate his status in the Republic of Croatia, but he did not succeed completely.
So, the client turned to the CRP stating that he was born in 1965 in the Republic of Croatia, the place of Donji Cerovljani in the municipality of Hrvatska Dubica in the Republic of Croatia. The parents of the client were originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
CRP Sisak obtained the client’s birth certificate at the Hrvatska Dubica Registry Office. We checked and got the answer that the client was not registered in the books of citizens, both in the Republic of Croatia and in BiH.
CRP investigated the case, and the client was absent for several years for personal reasons.
In 2012, we submitted a request for temporary residence for humanitarian reasons, with the fact that the client’s identity was confirmed by a notary public with two witnesses.
Despite of CRP’s rush notes, the request was not resolved until the end of 2013. The client then came to CRP and stated that he had been living for years in an extramarital union with a woman who was a Croatian citizen.
The client also has a daughter from that marriage who is a Croatian citizen and whose documents CRP also attached. Moreover, the client was a defender in the Homeland War, but there is no documentation about this.
At the end of 2013, the client received a temporary residence permit and a residence card for one year, as a member of the family of a Croatian citizen.
In 2014, the client receives payment slips for the payment of health insurance. CRP writes a request for debt write-off.
In 2016, the client reports to the CRP office and informs that he is seriously ill, he had a heart operation. There are no financial means to buy medicine or food. He states that he has not eaten anything for days. CRP submits applications for the client for one-time financial assistance, both to the centre for social welfare, and to the city and county.
In 2018, the residence card expires, and the party missed the deadline for a timely extension.
The common-law wife of the client died. CRP submits an application for temporary residence, as a member of the family of a Croatian citizen, daughter Zorica.
The client’s debt amounts to over HRK 30,000.00, and CRP is writing a request for debt write-off.
In 2019, he received a temporary residence permit. After that, the client, with help, both legal and financial, extended the temporary stay, because each extension requires obtaining extensive documentation and paying several types of administrative fees.
The client got even sicker and was often in hospitals, because he was seriously ill with lungs.
After the earthquake in Sisak on December 29, 2020, the client was housed in a container settlement in the settlement of Željezara in Sisak.
Then he moved to his daughter in Capraške poljanje, a Roma settlement in Sisak, where 11 members of the household lived, including eight children, the youngest of whom was five years old. He did not complain about the conditions, even though the house had no bathroom or toilet.
CRP does not know whether the party received one-time financial assistance from the authorities in Sisak, but CRP periodically paid him one-time financial assistance in the amounts of HRK 500.00 or 1,000.00.
At the beginning of March 2023, the client died.
At the Ministry of the Interior, the client was registered as a person of unknown nationality. In reality, the client was a stateless person. Also, in his residence permits, his nationality was written as AAP – stateless person.
The client was born in the Republic of Croatia and lived in the Republic of Croatia all his life. He never left the Republic of Croatia because, first of all, he had no documents.
He died on a temporary stay. He had no continuity, even though he lived in Croatia all his life.
This should be a warning to all of us to deal more promptly and better with cases of persons without citizenship, and/or without adequate status, because it is neither humane nor right for a person to live his whole life, and perhaps even die prematurely, because he does not have citizenship, or at least adequately regulated status and residence.