Since May 2020, Barcelona Expat Life has been collecting information from expats to provide a holistic overview of the impacts that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on expats in Barcelona and the worries they are facing. Our ‘Effects of Coronavirus on Expats in Barcelona’ survey saw 170 respondents, all of whom were completely anonymous and have completed the survey online throughout the past few months.
From those who responded, there are a couple of findings in particular which have provided us with an insight into worries that expats have been facing during the pandemic. Firstly, results show that expats who have been living in Barcelona between 1-3 years are the group that have the highest percentage of people considering moving back to their home country due to the negative effects that Covid-19 is having on their lives in Barcelona. Also, we have found that expats aged 18-24 are more likely to move back to their home country due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with 15% already making the decision to move and a further 20% saying that they are considering it. Lastly, we found that the main concern of expats in Barcelona is the security of their job/income, followed by the possibility of being able to return to their home country if needed as the travel restrictions continue to grow.
We must note that the results from our survey have not been scientifically proven and they aren’t representative of all categories, specifically in the categories where we saw a low number of respondents. However, we can see a very clear trend correlating with the experiences of Expats in Barcelona as a result of Covid-19.
To really take advantage of our findings and to see the full picture, we recommend reading our report on a desktop if possible.