The Hungarian PM always says the West does not want to survive since they welcome migrants instead of supporting families to have more children. Check out in the article why in Hungary there have been more weddings recently.
Based on a recent presentation of Balázs Kapitány, a fellow of the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, the number of marriages concerning an expecting mother is increasing in Hungary because of the government’s family support policy – portfolio.hu reported. Mr Kapitány gave a lecture titled Demography, social structure and deviance in the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. During that, he talked about why
the number of “shotgun marriages” increased.
Of course, it is not unique that somebody gets pregnant before saying the “I do’s”, and the phenomenon has been a hot topic of the science of demography for long. In Hungary, one can easily find the relevant data. The statistical office does not only collect the date of birth of the children but also of the parent’s marriage. As a result, it can be easily calculated how many “shotgun marriages” happened in a given period and their rate compared to the altogether number of marriages.
Probably thanks to the family tax benefit,
which children receive even if they are still in the belly of their mother – Mr Kapitány said. Afterwards, the government introduced new measures benefiting those living in marriages. As a result, marriage numbers started to increase since those who lived in a partnership got married.
Finally, the government’s childbirth incentive program covering a zero-interest, 10 million HUF loan (30,000 EUR) for unborn children meant a breakthrough in the tendency. The reason is simple:
it is worth taking it up for pregnant mothers.
Meanwhile, the loan is risky for those who are not. Provided they did not have a child; they would have to pay back the whole sum with interest. Therefore, in 2019, the number of “shotgun marriages” increased significantly. That rate rose to 25 pc again but reached 30 pc in the case of mothers. In December, it was 36 pc.
To sum up, the number of marriages increased because those who become pregnant get married to take up the zero-interest loan offered by the government. In that way, they can lose nothing but gain 10 million HUF, which is freely usable.
Source: portfolio.hu, Daily News Hungary