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.