The radical nationalist Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) party believes family-friendly higher education and employment policies are necessary to raise the birth rate in Hungary, the party’s deputy leader said at a press conference in Budapest on Sunday.
Dóra Dúró argued that the biggest reason for Hungary’s “catastrophic” demographic situation is that women are going to university in a mass and putting off having children. She also said that the government should support atypical employment, such as working part time or remotely, with tax preferences.
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Dúró acknowledged government measures to improve the demographic situation, but said these were unsuccessful. She noted that the birth rate had risen from 1.27 in 2010 to just 1.48 in 2018. She said that balancing a paying job with raising children is the biggest thing preventing women from having children, and that taking a paying job is only conceivable with one or two children.
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Dúró said Mi Hazánk would discourage “having children as a matter of livelihood”, a practice the party believes is notable foremost among Roma families, and would make holding a job a condition for child support after the birth of a third child. Sustaining a large family without a family member working is inconceivable, she said.
She said surveys show that every sixth Hungarian child is born abroad, thus the Hungarian state should establish a system of institutions that supports the preservation of those children’s identity.
Requiring Hungarians with permanent residence in Hungary who are abroad to vote at embassies and consulates, rather than by post, doesn’t foster identity either, she added.
In the featured photo Dóra Dúró, deputy leader of Mi Hazánk. Photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI