Hungary: the latest policy in the fight against depopulation

In 1980 Hungary had a population of 10.7 million. In the thirty-five years since then, its population has dropped by nearly a million people to 9.8 million. At the same time, Hungary’s total fertility rate (the number of children a mother will bear on average in her lifetime) has fluctuated between 1.8 and 1.3, well below the replacement-rate of 2.1 children per woman. At the moment the fertility rate is a bit over 1.4: thus there is a long way to go before Hungary’s population decline will stabilise naturally, let alone reverse.