Hungary will exempt young mothers under the age of thirty from paying income tax in a new move designed to expand its pro-family formation policies and boost native births instead of mass migration.
Western Europe is experiencing low birth rates in native populations as it opens its borders to even more mass immigration to fill gaps in the labour market.
But Viktor Orbán’s Hungary is seeking an alternative, more long-term approach to supporting its own citizens in forming families as an alternative to population growth.
Despite global economic circumstances, Hungary continues to expand its family-friendly policies by exempting women who become mothers before turning 30 from paying income tax to promote native births.
“According to the government’s calculations, tens of thousands of young mothers with an income could avail themselves of the possibility of tax exemption,” explained Hungary’s Secretary of State for Family Policy, Ágnes Hornung, in a statement.
“They are eligible not only for the new income tax exemption but equally for all other forms of family support, including the family tax allowance, the baby expecting support [loan], and the child care fee,” she added.
The tax break is said to have a “dual goal” of “promoting the births of children” and “leave[ing] more money with families.”
Hungary already exempted those under 25 from paying income tax to discourage emigration and help young people start a family without taking a huge financial hit.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán noted that “fewer and fewer children are being born throughout Europe” and also highlighted the West is responding to the problem with more immigration.
“Hungarians see this in a different light. We do not need numbers, but Hungarian children,” he insisted in 2019, explaining that, to his mind, “immigration means surrender.”
“If we resign ourselves to the fact that we are unable to sustain ourselves even biologically, by doing so we admit that we are not important even for ourselves,” he explained.
In 2022, Orbán said that Western European governments were welcome to try and solve their problems” through “the import of immigrants,” but said he would not use such a solution in his own country.
He added that he would resist the European Union’s efforts to force such solutions on his country through schemes such as compulsory migrant redistribution quotas.
“There are countries in Western Europe like the German [left-liberal coalition] government that has just taken office and has written the following into its programme: Germany is an immigrant country. I’d rather cut off my own hand than write such a sentence into any government program,” he said.
Orbán noted that many Westerners trapped with pro-migration governments share his preference for a less diverse society that favors its own citizens. He told one interview that he was “happy to welcome foreigners who like the way we think.”
“So can we say ”Refugees Welcome?” his interviewer asked.
“Yes, exactly,” Orbán replied. “But from the West! Western Refugees Welcome!”