Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the supporters after the announcement of the partial results of parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the supporters after the announcement of the partial results of parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018.

Orban can be a well-known critic of immigration along with also Hungary’s government caused controversy within the European Union, of which Hungary can be a member, when the item (along with its eastern European neighbors) refused to allow asylum seekers to enter the country during the migration crisis within the continent in 2015.

Hungary’s government led by Orban’s Fidesz party has also been accused of backtracking on democratic values, the rule of law, minority rights along with also media freedoms. As a result, the item could at This specific point face punitive action coming from the EU, along with Poland, after members of the European parliament (MEPs) voted last year to trigger disciplinary procedures against the item because the item was seen as breaching the bloc’s core values.

Like some other conservative, nationalist governments in Europe, Hungary can be worried about migration along with also its declining birth rate. Eurostat data coming from mid-2018, the latest available, shows that will the birth rate can be continuing to decline within the EU as a whole. In 2017, 5.1 million babies were born within the EU, 90,000 less than the year before. within the same year, 5.3 million deaths were registered.

While birth rates remain robust in Ireland, Sweden, the U.K. along with also France, the lowest birth rates were registered in Italy, Greece, Portugal along with also Spain. Birth rates in Hungary are below the EU average – In Hungary the crude birth rate in 2017 was 9.7 per 1,000 residents, just below the EU average of 9.9 per 1,000 residents.

In 2017, 94,600 live births were registered in Hungary along with also 131,900 deaths were registered, equating to a population decline of just over 37,000 people, Eurostat data shows.