Hungarian Govt. To Gift $33,000 Bonus to Married Couples Who Have 3 Children
Nearly 2,400 families have already applied for the new incentive
The Hungarian government's efforts to push back on multiculturalism and mass migration has come in the form of offering incentives for married couples to have more children, according to reports.
The country announced measures to offer up to 10 million forints (€30,590 or £27,000) to couples who are married and have three children, under its new pro-family budget.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will offer a $33,000 payment in the form of a loan to couples when they are married that would need to be repaid until they have three children, and the debt would be written off, according to Le Figaro.
Nearly 2,400 families have already applied for the incentive, which will be repaid in small payments each month.
If the couple has a child within five years, the loan's interest would be suspended along with repayments for three years.
- The eligibility for the program has several criteria
- The marriage must be the first for at least one of those involved
- The woman must be 18 to 40 years old
- One of the couples must have paid 180 days’ worth of tax contributions.
Couples who do not have the first child within five years or no child will then have to pay the full loan within four months unless they give a medical certificate.
The program is part of the pro-family budget announced by the Fidesz government to counter demographic declines, and not having to rely on mass migration policies.
“Europe is at a crossroads. Western Europe seeks to address the problem of demography with simple solutions which only offer short-term success, but convey catastrophic consequences in the long run,” a government spokesperson said.
“Hungary has a long-term approach and opts for the more difficult path, as a result of which, however, Europe could become an economically strong, rejuvenated continent. Either we encourage births by placing the interests of families in the focus of politics, or we encourage ever further flows of migration,” they added.
Foreign minister Péter Szijjártó described Hungary's rejection of multiculturalism and mass migration as a resolution to market and demographic challenges.
Szijjártó explained how the country is favoring a more socially cohesive society along with 'pro-family' policies which support local people to 'upskill' and raise their own families.
“We have made it very clear during the debate in the European Union that we do not consider migration as a proper answer to our challenges regarding demography, or our challenges regarding the labor market,” he said.