The Catalan capital’s inaugural ‘I’m Barcelonian Expat Day’ has been hailed “a progressive and innovative initiative” by Lucas Fox co-founder Alexander Vaughan. The company was a premium sponsor of the event which was held on Saturday 25th October at the city’s Maritime Museum. The event targeted the foreign community living in Barcelona looking for information and tools to facilitate their relocation and integration process.
As well as advice on Real Estate, 52 other companies shared their knowledge of everything from legal advice to education and business and job hunting. Attending the event was Sonia Recasens, Deputy Mayor for Economy, Business and Employment. She highlighted the importance of the initiative, commenting “it is very important that, when you become part of a new community, to feel involved, so we hope that days like this will help people find everything they need”.
Lucas Fox Partners Alexander Vaughan, Stijn Teeuwen and Tom Maidment offered presentations on ‘Buying & renting’ in Barcelona at the event. Around 90% of the company’s buyers are from overseas. many of whom have chosen to relocate to the city.
“As Barcelona continues to spread its influence we believe that it has the potential to become not only one of Europe’s truly great cities but one of Europe’s greatest global cities and one of the most desirable places for international talent to come together, create and innovate” comments Lucas Fox co-founder Alexander Vaughan. “We believe that Expat day is a progressive and innovative initiative – two key values of the Lucas Fox brand and exactly what Barcelona does best. At Lucas Fox we are all Bareclonians and we have welcomed the chance to lend Lucas Fox’s support to Barcelona in opening up its doors and to making Expat Day into one of the key opportunities for the international and local community to network, share their experiences and ideas, to help each other grow and become stronger together”.
According to the latest census, more than 267,000 foreigners live in Barcelona, representing 16% of the resident population. Recasens has stated that in future editions of Expat Day, the investment needed to come solely from private funding. The public-private initiative had a total budget of 140,000 euros, 105,000 of which are public funds and the other 35,000 from private investment in the form of booths, including key partners and sponsors such as Lucas Fox and Banc Sabadell.