Jobbik: Wage Union and housing construction projects to stop emigration of youth

Jobbik believes that the European wage union, governmental housing construction projects and an enhanced in-vitro fertilization (IVF) programme could help improve Hungarian demographic figures. The opposition party also wants to enable emigrant Hungarian citizens to vote by letter.

In her Friday’s press conference, Jobbik MP Dóra Dúró emphasized that cca. 500 thousand Hungarian citizens worked abroad and noted that another “shocking” statistical figure had just been published: there were 370 thousand additional potential emigrants in the country. She asserted that short- and long-term measures were both needed to stop the massive emigration of the people. She explained it was vital to make emigrants feel they belonged to the nation. That is why Jobbik wants to allow them to vote by letter.

As a long-term solution for the problems related to living standards, she mentioned the wage union, adding that the primary reason for massive westward emigration was the gap between Hungarian and Western European wages. Ms Dúró believes a governmental housing construction programme would promote the birth of second children in families, since 80% of young couples do not have another baby because their housing conditions are not sufficient.

She added that Jobbik had already suggested to enhance the IVF-programme years ago and the party was glad that the government adopted it. As reported by, the government has decided to double the number of state-subsidized IVF treatments (from 6 to 12 thousand), and it also increased the medical subsidies for the participants.

Responding to a media question on the National Tax Authority having launched an investigation against Publimont Ltd and Mahir Cityposter Ltd on charges that the two companies reported fewer billboards than they had actually provided for Jobbik, Ms Dúró stated it was not the first time for the government to use the authorities against its political opponents. “If the tax authority is used for such purposes, it is obviously for political intentions,” she said, emphasizing that they looked forward to the investigation as Jobbik had done nothing illegal.

Reacting to another question, she said her party did not back the outdoor media bill currently debated by the Parliament. The reason is that such a legislation would restrict the market and it would be anti-Constitutional, and it even fails to solve the real problem which is that the government has been running a nearly constant outdoor media campaign for four years. She also explained that the bill could not be passed without the two thirds majority of the MPs present, which also meant that any opposition MP failing to show up for the vote would in fact support this motion.

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