The government will launch a child support scheme next year to help all Hungarians around the world, Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog confirmed in Canada on Thursday local time.
Starting in January 2018, every Hungarian mother, no matter where they give birth, will be offered a “baby bond” which involves a one-off support and the possibility to take out a low-interest loan subsidised by the state until the child turns 18, Balog told a celebration marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Niagara Falls.
“We are talking about Hungarian children and they are equally important as children born in Hungary,” he said.
In his speech, Balog cited Hungary’s constitution, which proclaims the state’s responsibility for all Hungarians around the world.
Balog told MTI over the phone that the event, organised by the Hungarian community in Toronto, was attended by more than 300 ethnic Hungarians led by 24 pastors from all around the world, including Australia, the US and Transylvania. The participants included Calvinists, Catholics, Lutherans and also Baptists, he added.
The minister called it symbolic that the organisers rented out a Catholic Carmelite monastery and guest house for celebrating the Reformation.