The state secretary in charge of family and youth affairs has said Hungary may serve as a model for how to reverse a shrinking population and mobilize internal resources to secure the country’s future.
During an interview with Magyar Nemzet published on Saturday, Katalin Novák said the Hungarian government’s family protection action plan was one of last year’s “greatest gains”.
Novák said the scheme has created unprecedented opportunities for young Hungarians in their own country and as many as 100,000 families have received some form of support.
The state secretary said the most popular so far is a 10 million forint government loan for young couples planning to have children, adding that this form of support helped couples start a family without having to depend on their parents.
Novák said young Hungarians tend to conceive of their future in terms of having a family, adding that the family support scheme is about helping mothers decide whether to use their skills in the family or in a career; or if they choose, both.
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