Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban
The prime minister of Hungary has said, Hungarian women with four children or more will be exempted for life from paying income tax. He unveiling plans designed to boost the number of babies being born.
Viktor Orban said, it was a way of defending Hungary’s future without depending on immigration. The right-wing nationalist particularly opposes immigration by Muslims.
Hungary’s population is falling by 32,000 a year, and women there have fewer children than the EU average.
As part of the measures, young couples will be offered interest-free loans of 10 million forints ($36,000), to be cancelled once they have 3 children.
Mr Orban said that “for the West”, the answer to falling birth rates in Europe was immigration: “For every missing child there should be one coming in and then the numbers will be fine.
He said, “Hungarian people think differently, “we do not need numbers. We need Hungarian children.”
While Mr Orban was delivering his state of the nation address, the latest demonstrations were being held in Budapest against his government’s policies.
About 2,000 people gathered in front of his office and others blocked one of the main bridges across the Danube River. Correspondents say the biggest appreciation during his speech was for his announcement of a seven-point plan to increase the fertility rate.
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