Hungary May Serve as Model for Reversing Population Decline, says State Secretary
MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.13.
An increase in the number of marriages is particularly rare in Europe, and Hungary may serve as a model for how to reverse a shrinking population and mobilise internal resources to secure the country’s future, the state secretary in charge of family and youth affairs told daily Magyar Nemzet in an interview published on Saturday.
Most popular so far is a 10 million forint government loan for young couples planning to have children, Novák said, adding that this form of support helped couples start a family without having to depend on their parents.
Young Hungarians tend to conceive of their future in terms of having a family, Novák said, 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.
In the featured photo: State Secretary Katalin Novák speaking at the Family First Congress last year. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI