Katalin Novák: The next generation is Europe’s future
The solution to Europe’s demographic challenges is more children, Katalin Novák, Hungary’s deputy state secretary for family and youth affairs, said ahead of an international conference in Brussels on Tuesday evening.
Young people tend to conceive of their future in terms of having a family, often a large one, which is why it is important to help them have as many children as they want, Katalin Novák told a press conference.
“There are many ways to approach the issue of demography,” she said. “Hungary’s firm position is however that migration is not the solution.”
The replacement rate in Hungary and in the rest of Europe is too low, Novák said, adding the Hungarian government’s goal is to help young Hungarians establish a family.
The conference was held in the European Parliament with the participation of young people from 15 countries, as well as MEPs, government officials and family and youth affairs experts of the European Commission.