Europe’s demographic decline comes as no surprise to anyone even superficially acquainted with current birthrates around the continent. Although some in western Europe have already decided that immigration offers the only way to make up for the loss, the Orbán Government pursues another solution -- make it easier for the nation’s own citizens to have bigger families – and in this national consultation, we’re asking citizens for their input on how to do that.
Incoming minister of human resources says he is determined to tackle the country’s demographic problem
Miklós Kasler says he will continue to support families, improve the quality of healthcare, continue to promote a value-based education system, provide better grounding for young people and strengthen a society based on work - all to improve demographic indicators
“We must examine why we don’t have enough children and what it is that keeps young people from having children; what are the obstacles in their way, and how to help them overcome them,” Katalin Novák, state secretary for Families and Youth, said
Reversing Europe’s demographic decline, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressing the 11th World Congress of Families in Budapest on Thursday, is like “turning around a large ocean liner. We vainly turn the wheel, but the body will not follow the new direction in the next second, only slowly.”
A nation’s strength lies in its people. Declining demographic trends throughout Europe pose a worrisome problem, including in Hungary. The trend has been declining into a vicious circle for decades and governments have struggled to break it. Recent demographic statistics in Hungary, however, show that with some ingenuity – like housing incentives and other breaks for families with children – a carefully selected mix of family policies can make a difference.