Sparked by the country’s dwindling population and fuelled by far-right nationalism, Poland’s leaders believe only a return to so-called “traditional family values” will cure their various ills.
One of their first attempts to boost the birth rate was the Family 500+ programme, launched in 2016, which gives families 500 Polish zloty (£90) a month for every child under the age of 18. Despite some early success, the initiative hasn’t yielded the baby boom the government was expecting.
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