Hungary Sees Boost in Marriage and Birth Rates Due to Passing Pro-Family Policies

Katalin Novak, Hungary’s minister of state for family, youth and international affairs, speaks during a panel session at the “Making Families Great Again” policy conference hosted by the Hungarian Embassy at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She was joined on the panel by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins (M) and White House special assistant Kathryn Talento (L). | TWITTER/NATALIN NOVAK

White House officials, Republican members of Congress and evangelical leaders gathered Thursday for “Making Families Great Again,” a conference on family policy hosted by the Hungarian Embassy at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

Led by President Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz Party, Hungary has become a poster child for passing nationalist pro-family policies over the last several years.

With nearly a decade-worth of data, Hungarian officials claimed Thursday that policies instituted over the last several decades that have incentivized marriage and childbirth have helped boost marriage and birth rates in Hungary at a time many countries struggle with those issues.

“I was very proud to be a minister here and hearing from our American friends how much they admired the Hungarian family policies,” Katalin Novák, the Hungarian minister of state for family, youth and international affairs who gave a keynote address at the event, told The Christian Post in an interview.

“They say that Hungary can be a role model for them in this issue. They said that we can show an example to the rest of the world for pro-family issues.”

Hungary’s birth rate fell below replacement level decades ago and the nation has struggled to repopulate. Unlike some of its European counterparts that have relied on immigration to boost population totals, the Orbán government has made clear that it does not view mass immigration as the answer.

Rather, the administration believes the answer is to ensure that Hungarian citizens have all the incentives they need to build large and happy families.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith