DAILYKENN.com --The native Hungarian population is decreasing. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán say he has the solution: Support traditional families.
That translates into "make more babies."
But is bigger better? After the plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century the region's economy thrived. Historians believe fewer people meant a dearth of workers forcing landowners to abandon the feudal system and hire farm workers outright.
The influx of cheap labor drives down wages and often leads to extreme poverty and a depressed economy.
From hungarytoday.hu ▼
The government’s enhanced support for families will “benefit the whole nation, including young people” in the long run, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public Kossuth Radio on Friday.
“Young people often plan a family … and then face financial difficulties,” Orbán said, adding that he wanted to build a Hungary in which young people are not forced to change their plans due to money worries. Compared with other European Union members, Hungary has the highest family support in relation to GDP, the prime minister said, noting government efforts to reverse negative population trends.
“Hungary’s population is steadily decreasing,” Orbán said, adding that measures must be geared towards ensuring an adequate replacement rate. Enhanced family support will promote child birth and lower the average age, which will make Hungary a “merry and happy” country, Orbán said.
Concerning the government’s latest public consultation survey, Orbán said that the economy was strong enough to allow for more assistance to families. The government is looking to voters for “guidelines” for its next measures, Orbán said, and encouraged residents to “spend half an hour” and fill in the questionnaires.
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