The measures announced by Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, during his ‘state of the nation’ speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline.
The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children; a subsidy of 2.5 million forints ($8,825) toward the purchase a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints ($35,300) for women under age 40 who are marrying for the first time.
Orban, who has made ‘zero tolerance’ for immigration his main theme in the past four years and was elected to a third consecutive term in April, said the initiative is meant to ‘ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation.’
The prime minister also listed some of his government’s economic achievements — such as low unemployment — and vowed to fight poverty. With European Parliament elections set for May, he said that unchecked immigration would create ‘mixed populations’ in countries that Muslims eventually would dominate.
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