The Croatian labour market continues to suffer from a high unemployment rate, specifically among young people. Combined with the problematic quality and labour market relevance of vocation education and training programmes, this leads to a difficult school-to-work transition for graduates. Moreover, the low adult participation rate in lifelong learning does little to correct this situation. The reliable health and social services in Croatia have helped its population through the economic crisis, although reforms focused on cost effectiveness have threatened to strain the access to, and quality of these services. Discrimination and social exclusion remains a challenge, particularly for the Roma population, as discriminatory and authoritarian tendencies are on the rise among Croatian youth and are not effectively countered through the education system’s curriculum.