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Are you a Barcelonian by choice? Help make Barcelona a better place to live!

Barcelona Global, along with the support of Banc Sabadell, has just launched the 5th edition of its International Talent Monitor (ITM). This is a survey devoted to better understanding the needs and challenges of Barcelonians by choice; talented people who have decided to work, live, study, invest, create and start-up in Barcelona.

Barcelona is an extremely popular destination among immigrants and International talent forms a key part of Barcelona’s population. Barcelona Global would love to hear about Barcelona from an expat’s perspective and invites you to participate in the International Talent Monitor. This survey aims to understand the needs and challenges you face – as foreign entrepreneurs, business leaders, digital nomads, students, researchers, investors, employees of international companies in the city.

The International Talent Monitor asks Expats about specific aspects of the city:

  • Working conditions
  • Business
  • Social integration
  • Education
  • Living conditions
  • General perception

In addition, this 5th Anniversary Edition includes questions that will reveal how the pandemic has changed some of the decision-making of expats in Barcelona.


The survey will run until the 30th of May 2021 and is 100% confidential. It will take around 15-20 minutes of your time and your data will not be shared with any third party. 


The results will be published in September this year.

About The International Talent Monitor

The International Talent Monitor is a survey that Barcelona Global carries out every two years in collaboration with Banco Sabadell. First launched in 2013, to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of Barcelona from the point of view of the international community that lives in the city. It is the widest and deepest approach to the opinion on Barcelona from the ‘Barcelonians by choice’ community. 


The ITM has two parts:

  1. Online survey (as mentioned above) – to collect quantitative data
  2. 8 focus groups – to collect qualitative data


These focus groups allow a deeper discussion of certain topics and focus the city’s attention on your opinion about:

  • The healthcare system and city services
  • Lifestyle: Culture, gastronomy, sports
  • Infrastructure, housing and mobility in the city
  • Education system – Schools and universities
  • Research environment and capabilities
  • Work opportunities
  • Investment, business and tax environment
  • Partners’ integration


The results will help to understand what is satisfactory and what can be improved in Barcelona. They are vital to shape the future of Barcelona as a global city. 

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Results of International Talent Monitor 2019

The fourth edition of the Barcelona Global International Talent Monitor in 2019 was answered by a total of 1,021 respondents living and working in Barcelona. Here are some of the conclusions of the 2019th edition.

What Barcelonians by choice like about Barcelona

What Barcelonians by choice don’t like about Barcelona

In order to jump into a new dimension of becoming a global city, some barriers need to be solved especially when trying to attract senior or more mature talent pool (people with at least 10 years of experience).


Administrative processes, taxation, education of children, housing, cost of living and low salaries are the key issues where Barcelona needs to improve. The political situation and safety both grew as increasing concerns amongst international respondents compared to previous editions.


When looking at the profile of respondents, Barcelona has accelerated it’s profile as a tech and entrepreneurial city, with a great capacity to attract young tech-savvy talent.

These 4 projects were a direct result of the 2019 survey

Are you curious to learn more about the report? Download the report via this link.

About Barcelona Global

Barcelona Global is a private, independent and non-profit association composed by 213 of the city’s leading companies, research centres, entrepreneurs, business schools, universities and cultural institutions, and more than 830 professionals aiming to make Barcelona one of the world’s best cities for talent and economic activity.

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