LMP: Orbán Gov't Should Do More to Entice Young People Back to Hungary

  • 19 Dec 2023 8:09 AM
  • Hungary Matters
LMP: Orbán Gov't Should Do More to Entice Young People Back to Hungary
Hungary will not see a “demographic turnaround” unless young people working abroad are offered attractive opportunities at home, the deputy group leader of opposition LMP told an online press briefing.

Máté Kanász-Nagy called the government’s family policy a “failure”, and insisted that the emigration of young people was one of the country’s gravest challenges.

In the past decade some 400,000-500,000 young people left Hungary for other countries in western Europe in the hope of leading a better life, he said.

Rather than building a knowledge-based society, the government has worked to create “an entire economy to serve multinationals … turning Hungary into an assembly plant”.

The jobs offered in that system involve work of little value-added and meagre wages, which “is not attractive to young people”, Kanasz-Nagy said.

Citing survey results, he said “every other Hungarian aged 16-24 is mulling a future in another country”.

Concerning the government’s new offices set up to help young people returning from abroad, Kanász-Nagy said the system was a “PR trick”, insisting that the offices could not provide any more help than basic advice in Hungarian cities rather in other countries.

KSH: 6,780 Births, 10,351 Deaths in November

The number of births fell by 6.9% in November compared with the same month in the previous year, while deaths dropped by 5.6%, according to preliminary data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

Meanwhile, the number of marriages decreased by 2.2% during the same period. Fully 6,780 children were born in November, while there were 10,351 deaths.

Altogether, 3,107 couples got married. The natural population loss was 3,571 people compared with 3,678 in October 2022.

Fully 78,579 children were born between January 2023 and November 2023, 3.1% fewer than in the same period of last year.

Altogether 114,950 people died between January 2023 and November 2023, 7.2% fewer than in the same period of last year. In the same period, 47,480 couples tied the knot, 22% fewer than in the same period of last year.

There were 8.9 live births and 13.1 deaths per thousand inhabitants, the former 0.02 of a percentage point lower than in the January-October 2022 period, while the death rate was 0.09 of a percentage point lower.

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