‘We need Hungarian children’: Anti-immigrant government waives income tax for women with 4 kids
|globalnews.ca 11 Feb 2019 at 08:57|
He said the solution to the population problem wasn’t just numbers, but instead, was more “Hungarian children.”
“There are fewer and fewer children born in Europe. For the West, the answer (to that challenge) is immigration. For every missing child, there should be one coming in and then the numbers will be fine,” Orban said in the speech.
“But we do not need numbers. We need Hungarian children.”
“This is Hungary’s answer (to challenges) rather than immigration,” he said, according to Daily News Hungary .
Orban’s policies on immigration have included ordering razor-wire fences to be set up and migrants to be held in detention zones while their asylum cases are assessed. He has also called for “anti-migration politicians” to take over Europe’s governments during upcoming spring elections.
The new tax measures include the expansion of a loan program for families with at least two children to help them buy homes, subsidies for car purchases and waiving personal income tax for women raising at least four children.
Women below 40 who marry for the first time will be eligible for a 10-million forint (C$46,800) subsidized loan, Orban said. A third of the debt will be forgiven when a second child is born and the entire loan waived after the third child.
They build on 2015 incentives for women to bear more children, but the American-based Institute for Family Studies reports they didn’t have an “obvious [birth] boom” in the last few years.
Zoltan Torok, an analyst at the Hungarian unit of Raiffeisen Bank, told Reuters that on first glance, the measures could cost several tens of billions of forints, but they were unlikely to produce any drastic increase in the budget deficit.