After his speech, several hundred members and supporters of Hungary's main opposition parties held an anti-Orban rally that started in Buda Castle.
An anti-Orban rally was held by members and supporters of Hungary's opposition parties after the prime minister's speech, with protesters using cars to block traffic over the Danube River.The event was also in protest of heavy fines imposed on a number of opposition parties, which they claim were politically motivated and aimed at hindering their European parliament and municipal election campaigns.
Under Mr Orban's proposals, a low-interest loan of 10 million forints (27,286) will also be offered to women under 40 who are marrying for the first time.Other benefits include a subsidy of 2.5 million forints (6,849) towards the purchase of seven-seater vehicles for families with three or more children.The prime minister, who was elected for a third consecutive term in April, hopes the measures will increase the country's population without relying on immigration.Mr Orban has repeatedly opposed immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, and adopted a zero tolerance approach.However, Hungary's population has been falling by 32,000 a year.During his "state of the nation" speech, he described Europe's left-wing as "the gravedigger of nations, the family and the Christian way of life".
Mr Orban added: "Those who decide in favour of immigration and migrants, no matter why they do so, are in fact creating a country with a mixed population.
The EU average for the number of children a woman will have in her lifetime is 1.58, but in Hungary, the average is 1.45.
Orban, who has made "zero tolerance" for immigration his main theme in the past four years and was elected to a third consecutive term in April, said the initiative is meant to "ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation."
Mr Orban repeated his assertion that European Union leaders in Brussels want to fill Europe with migrants from other continents.
Mr Orban said such policies are “Hungary’s answer” to downward demographic trends, “not immigration”.
With European Parliament elections set for May, he said that unchecked immigration would create “mixed populations” in countries that Muslims eventually would dominate and Christians quickly would become a minority.
Hungarian women who have at least four children will be exempt from paying income tax for the rest of their lives as part of an effort to reverse population decline, the country's prime minister has said.Right-wing leader Viktor Orban says new measures to increase financial aid and subsidies for families with multiple children will "ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation".
Hungary’s anti-immigration prime minister has said the government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children.
The measures announced on Sunday by prime minister Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary’s population decline.