"Hungarian state attracts with the economic carrot"
"BUDAPEST. Zsuzsi picks up his 8-month-old daughter out of the crib. Julia is looking yrvaket on us."
"the Family has already decided to have at least one child. Then they can get a very favorable loan from the state."
"Prime minister Viktor orban's familjekampanj is that there should be more hungarians so that the country won't have to receive immigrants."
"Everywhere in the capital city of Budapest and in cities throughout Hungary is hanging posters advertising for orban's promises of more generous benefits for families. Similar propaganda cranked in the governmental tv-channels. Just in time for the EUROPEAN elections."
"On one of the posters looks a woman wistfully up at his smiling husband. The text reads: a Young married couple who are expecting a child can get financial support."
"the Other posters showing an elderly man with a grandson in her arms. Grandparents to get money to stay home with the kids so that mom and dad can go and work."
"Hungary's population is declining. In addition, the changing demographics so that more elderly people while those who are of working age are fewer. Partly it has to do with the fact that it is born to have children. In average, gives birth to a woman, 1.3 children. This is partly because the many well-educated moves from Hungary where to they can get better paid in Western europe or the united states."
"A part of the arbetskraftproblemet Hungary would be able to solve by accepting more immigrants. But Orban refuses."
"Hungary belongs to the few states within the EU as a whole, is opposed to accepting refugees from other member states. It will also make it extremely difficult for refugees to seek asylum in Hungary."
"When I meet a government spokesman Zoltan Kovac in his office in the centre of Budapest, he makes no secret of the fact that the purpose of the familjekampanjen is to avoid accepting immigrants."
"– We want to rely on our own resources rather than bring in people from outside, " he says, while at the same time he checks the messages on his Ipad. Which path you choose is a matter of political will. We add five percent of GDP on family benefits."
"In a corner stands a switched on tv where a news show is displayed silently. Behind Kovac hangs a map that shows the migratory flows. At the side of the stands, a Hungarian flag with a UNION flag next to it."
"– By making it possible for hungarians to have more children, we have got more to marry and the divorce rate has decreased. The whole of Europe should follow our example rather than to criticise us."
"and Miriam the prophetess think it is a good policy. She already has two children, 3 and 5 year old, and intend to have at least one. She has already signed a contract."
"two years ago, she moved with her husband into a newly built townhouse. The state contributes 10 million florint (about 300 000 sek). In the remainder of the sum the family got a beneficial loans with very low interest rates."
"But it comes to family obtain at least one more child within the next few years. Otherwise you have to pay back the grant plus interest."
"– We had meant to get many children, irrespective of so, for us, fits family life perfectly. It is good for children to have many siblings, and when you get older, it is important that there are many family members that you can rely on."
"We meet her at a café in a krogtät part of Budapest. She doesn't want to meet at home and not together with a man or children. Foreign journalists is something she considers with distrust. Maybe that is why she was a bit nervous twisting of hands throughout the interview."
"– It is better to give support to the hungarians to have more children, than to bring in people from outside, " says Miriam. We have neighbors who are meant to get a fourth child just to get the part of the state familjepengar."
"She lifts up her bräddfyllda cappuccino and takes a careful sipp. I ask her about Hungary's conflict with the EU."
" I want us to be in the EUROPEAN union but I don't like the feeling that the EU is trying to push on us their values. They put themselves in too much."
"Miriam twitches statement on the back of the neck."
"She thinks it's okay to receive ”genuine refugees whose lives are threatened in their home country”."
"– But it is far too common that immigrants come just to create a better life. They lie about which countries they come from, need no protection, and imposes a lot of requirements."
"do not write on the contract"
"Zsuzsi Nagy lives on the other side of the mighty Danube that divides Budapest in two. She is more ambivalent to the government's family policy because she is not a big fan of the government Orban."
"– But since I pay 40% of my low salary in taxes, I see money as a form of payback, " she says, and laughs."
"She and her husband intend to make use of the possibility to take out a beneficial loans with almost no interest at all for renovating the new apartment that they bought. In order to benefit from the money they must have at least one child. Otherwise get the pay back the loan."
"– But I had still planned to have two children. However, we do not intend to receive the large grant. Then I would have to write in order to get three children."
"That Zsuzsi is not because it then becomes almost impossible to continue working full-time as programme makers in a theater. To get any of gratisplatserna in state kindergartens is very difficult. The private nurseries are too expensive."
"Zsuzsi speaks almost flawless English, having studied at the George Soros-funded Central european university, Viktor Orban wants to throw out but which may now be still allowed to stay."
"She believes that many hungarians are attracted to vote for the ruling party, Fidesz, thanks to the family policies."
"– Who doesn't want to get a lot of contributions, she says, and beats the smile out with your hands. Also, I think the government needs a positive message to focus on after so many years running with scare tactics about refugees, and more. The children all think about."
"”Well, if we are fewer”"
"she is, However, doubtful whether the contributions really lead to the birth of more children."
"– Despite the fact that we had a part of this program in more years, the birth rate has not gone up only marginally. We will never be able to solve the issue of demographics with the help of the grants."
"She does not believe that the solution is to accept more immigrants."
"given the climate, is it only good if we become a bit less as a drain on the resources of this country," she says and puts up her daughter on the changing table."