Interview with Daniel Nagy
25-34 years old
Hungarian and English
HR & Recruitment Specialist
Introducing daniel nagy, a hungarian expat in Barcelona.
Why did you choose to relocate to Barcelona?
I have always dreamt about living in Barcelona. The vibrant culture of the city as well as the diversity that Barcelona represents are just a few reasons that made me decide to continue my life here.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced after your relocation?
There are two things: renting an entire apartment is quite difficult - the deposit and agency fees require a lot of savings to do so. However rooms are quite easy to get. Also, paperwork and official immigration procedures for non-EU citizens are super slow! EU citizens have a slightly easier pathway to document their stay legally!
What do you love the most about Barcelona?
The beach, the food, the people, the dogs, the architecture and the diversity.
If you could give one piece of advice to future expats in Barcelona, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to make the big move. Barcelona has a lot to offer!
What do you miss the most about home?
Budapest is an amazing city - I grew up there and miss most of my family and friends!
How did you find the job seeking process?
Job seeking is quite easy in Barcelona. It is a very multicultural city with tonnes of international companies and shared service centers. If you speak any major European languages, you will find a job in a matter of days or weeks. Unfortunately, the pandemic has affected the whole job market and many people, including myself.
Did you find the paperwork difficult to manage?
Absolutely! I am very critical towards the existing system for both EU and non-EU persons. Especially my non-EU family members who suffered a lot with the 6-10 months waiting time to legalize their stay in Spain. I do think the system needs to be readjusted and I hope that the possibility of online procedures will remain indefinitely.