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Berzins: material incentives alone won't solve population issue

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Andris Berzins

Previous discussions and exchange of views show that the demographic situation in Latvia is a complex issue. The solution does not have a single recipe. I am sure that it cannot be sorted out with material incentives alone, says Latvia President Andris Berzins.

The demographic issue has been on my agenda since the day I took the oath. I am sure that the future of the state is in the hands of strong and large families, whose children will be able to get decent education and a job here in Latvia, Berzins says in his letter to the demographer Ilmars Mezs.

The benefits and tax system should be more supportive towards families with children, but it cannot be the only and decisive instrument for promoting the demographic situation. Unfortunately, in our society we often see cases when people give birth to children just to get benefits. It degrades the true meaning of a family and often turns children into some source of income for irresponsible parents, sometimes even triggering domestic violence, he stresses.

In his view, the primary solution lies in predictable development, friendly business environment, a quality education system and social security. Only when people have confidence in their children’s future, they start planning a family, arrange adequate living space, set and achieve ambitious objectives. Insecurity and uncertainty about how to meet daily needs, educate children and repay loans boost emigration. People leave to seek financial security and emotional comfort. Political instability only reinforces this trend, President says.

One significant way how to prevent people from leaving is rebuilding trust in the Latvian state and providing opportunities to find jobs matching education, Berzins says.

Mezs has repeatedly urged to address the demographic situation in Latvia, warning that with an average of one child per family – the way is paved to hell.

BNN already reported, “it would be far from enough just to increase maternity benefits in order to improve the demographic situation in Latvia. What is needed is tax incentives, free meals in all schools, free education, transport facilities and other factors. Only then a child will no longer be considered a luxury that is affordable only to the richest,” says demographer Ilmars Mezs.

He agrees that the current unemployment rate is too high and must be slashed. However, if the jobless rate totals 11 – 12% as in Latvia, we also need to focus on the remaining 90%. There will always be people who are unwilling or unable to enter the labor market.

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  1. Larissa says:

    Stupid guy he is really pathetic Of course money and an efficient family policy are necessery to bring up kids in good conditions ..That is far to be the case in Latvia

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