Hungarian government announces birth rate plan

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Reports and analyses on a package of proposals put forward by Hungary's government aimed at raising the country's birth rate.

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The measures - announced on 10 February 2019 - include a proposal for Hungarian women with four children or more to be exempted for life from paying income tax. They also feature favourable mortgage terms for families with multiple children, support for families with three or more children to buy a car, and increased funding for daycare centres and kindergartens. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán added that getting Hungarian families to have more children was preferable to allowing immigrants from Muslim countries to enter. Mr Orban also criticised Western countries for promoting immigration as a solution to tackle populating ageing and low birth rates.

The package of measures prompted criticism from progressive stakeholders, highlighting that the plan would jeopardise progress achieved on female autonomy. It was also sparked tension between Hungarian and Swedish authorities, following a comment published by Sweden's social affairs minister criticising the birth rate plan.

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Commentary and Analysis
New Statesman, 13/02/2019: Why we should fear populists like Orbán and Erdogan who want women to be baby machines https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2019/02/why-we-should-fear-populists-orb-n-and-erdogan-who-want-women-be-baby
The Economist, 16/02/2019: Viktor Orban’s plans to boost Hungary’s birth rate are unlikely to work https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/02/16/viktor-orbans-plans-to-boost-hungarys-birth-rate-are-unlikely-to-work

News
The Guardian, 10/02/2019: Viktor Orbán: no tax for Hungarian women with four or more children https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/10/viktor-orban-no-tax-for-hungarian-women-with-four-or-more-children
BBC News, 11/02/2019: Hungary tries for baby boom with tax breaks and loan forgiveness https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47192612
Reuters, 11/02/2019: Hungary's birth rate plan expected to cost up to $531 million next year https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1Q01OF
The New York Times, 11/02/2019: Orban Encourages Mothers in Hungary to Have 4 or More Babies https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/world/europe/orban-hungary-babies-mothers-population-immigration.html
Euronews, 12/02/2019: Hungary offers to pay for cars, mortages and tax bills for big families https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/11/hungary-offers-families-tax-and-loan-breaks-to-boost-birth-rate
Hungary Today, 13/02/2019: Hungarian Gov’t Aims to Create Baby Boom with Generous Financial Help https://hungarytoday.hu/hungarian-govt-aims-to-create-baby-boom-with-generous-financial-help/
Balkan Insight, 13/02/2019: Hungary’s ‘Baby Boom’ Pledge Sounds Familiar in Balkans https://balkaninsight.com/2019/02/13/hungarys-baby-boom-pledge-sounds-familiar-in-balkans/
The Local (Sweden), 16/02/2019: Hungary family plan 'reeks of 1930s': Swedish minister https://www.thelocal.se/20190216/hungary-family-plan-reeks-of-the-1930-swedish-minister
Politico, 20/02/2019: Sweden summons Hungarian ambassador in row over PM Orbán’s new family policy https://www.politico.eu/article/sweden-summons-hungarian-ambassador-in-row-over-pm-orbans-new-family-policy/
Hungary Today, 20/02/2019: ’30s Populism’ vs. ‘Poor, Miserable Creature’: Hungary and Sweden’s Conflict over Family Policy Continues to Escalate https://hungarytoday.hu/30s-populism-vs-poor-miserable-creature-hungary-and-swedens-conflict-over-family-policy-continues-to-escalate/

Official
Hungary: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: News, 12/02/2019: Supporting families is the response to demographic challenges, not migration http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/news/supporting-families-is-the-response-to-demographic-challenges-not-migration
Hungary: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: News, 20/02/2019: Swedish Ambassador summoned to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade because of comments by Social Minister http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/news/swedish-ambassador-summoned-to-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade-because-of-comments-by-social-minister

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