Promising trends in marriage-friendly Hungary

Laurie Derose

When my husband I bet against each other, the stakes are usually a volcano roll from the Japanese restaurant less than a mile from our house. I'd bet a volcano roll that most Americans know that Japan is unfriendly to immigration, despite its low birthrate. I'd also bet a goulash supper coupled with a chimney cake dessert that most Americans are unaware that Hungary could be described the same way.

If I had to bet which country is poised for better trends in the coming decade, I'd go with Hungary for three reasons. 1) Hungary's marriage and divorce trends are good for the economy and for children, 2) its birth rate has recovered somewhat, and 3) the tension between its anti-immigration policy and other facets of its national character may undermine internal support for the policy.

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