Fertility rate increases; Number of abortions is falling Hungary presents the results of 10 years of successful family policy: It is worth investing in families. The family policy implemented in Hungary is one of the most successful in Europe and its secret lies in its goal: to ensure that getting married, starting a family and […]

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Former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott delivers a speech during the 3rd Budapest Demographic Summit in Varkert Bazar conference center in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The Hungarian capital city, which hosts the international su

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s prime minister said Thursday that economic incentives for families, not immigration, are the answer to low birth rates and a decreasing population.

Speaking at a government-organized conference on demography, Prime Minister Viktor Orban also said that an upturn in Hungary’s — and possibly Europe’s — low birth rates may be achieved when having children becomes economically more beneficial to families than not having them.

Orban said that higher living standards as a result of having children had to be felt straightaway — “not in the sense that when you’re old your child will care for you, but here and now, immediately.”

“This is the turning point for the Hungarian family support system, but we are not there yet,” Orban said. “Years of persistent work are needed.”[…]

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Hungary: New data shows pro-family policies continue to increase births and marriages — Remix News

Fresh data shows that Hungary’s pro-family policies continue to result in steady progress in reversing negative demographic trends in the country, with both the country’s birth and marriage rates increasing, according to new data from Hungarian Central Statistics Office (KSH).

KSH shows that in the first four months of the year 29,280 children were born in Hungary, 1,522 more than in the same period of 2019, representing a 5.5 percent increase. In addition, one and a half more marriages were concluded.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the number of deaths was down by 6.4 percent year-on-year to 45,015, attributable to a significantly lower infection rate with the common flu, on account of the additional security measures implemented during the pandemic.

The combination of these two factors resulted in a 22.3 percent year-on-year reduction in population loss, which was still -15,735 in the first four months of 2020.

The government has already pointed to highly positive developments resulting from Hungary’s pro-family policies.

“The recent demographic figures speak for themselves, the number of marriages is at its 40-year high, the fertility rate at its 20-year high, while the divorces haven’t been as low as last year in the last six decades,” Katalin Novák, State Secretary for Family, Youth, and International Affairs, said in April. She said added that the country has favored policies that grow the country’s population without relying on mass migration seen in many other European countries.

“The Hungarian point of view is that we have to rely on our internal resources, namely supporting families and enabling young couples to have children. The other approach says that there is overpopulation in one half of the world, while there is a population decline in the other, so let’s just simply balance the difference,” Novák said. “[We] are lectured and stigmatized simply because we took a path that is different from the mainstream… [and] exposed to continuous attacks for years, but facts are facts, our results are clear, and we also enjoy the support of the Hungarian people.”

Faced with decades of falling population numbers, Hungary’s conservative government that came to power in 2010 and has been at the helm of the country since, decided after its second consecutive two-thirds electoral victory to embark on a persistent journey to halt the fall and subsequently increase birth rates.[…]

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