Hungary’s state secretary for family and youth affairs has stressed that the solution to Europe’s demographic challenges is more children.
Ahead of an international conference in Brussels, Katalin Novák said young people tend to conceive of their future in terms of having a family, often a large one, which is why it is important to help them have as many children as they want.
According to MTI, Novák said the replacement rate in Hungary and in the rest of Europe is too low, adding that the Hungarian government’s goal is to help young Hungarians establish a family.
During her visit to Brussels on Tuesday, the state secretary met Dubravka Šuica, EU commissioner for democracy and demography, and discussed problems such as the low fertility rate and the aging population.
Novák said the issue must be addressed at an EU level, and called for the mobilization of internal resources of member states to stimulate demographic growth. “There are many ways to approach the issue of demography,” she said. “Hungary’s firm position is however that migration is not the solution.”
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