The solution to Hungary’s demographic crisis isn’t immigration but to encourage Hungarians to have more children, says Katalin Novák, undersecretary at the Ministry of Human Resources.
Novák appeared on state-run media Friday morning to tell viewers that the government wants to break down barriers preventing Hungarians from having more children, reports Hungarian news site hir24.hu.
“The government has made significant family policy decisions in this area in recent years,” Novák says.
“The Hungarian government offers an array of benefits, tax breaks and additional welfare support to families with children.”
First, the good news . . .
Novák praises what she considers positive signs showing improvements to the country’s birth rate statistics. She says marriages have been on the rise since 2010 and divorces have been on the decrease.
And now for the bad news . . .
Citing data published by Hungary’s Central Statistical Office (KSH) in July, Hungarian news site hir24.hu reports that the death rate in Hungary surged 22.7 percent in the first six months of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014.