The International Talent Monitor, Barcelona Global's survey of the international community living in Barcelona, shows that middle management professionals and senior researchers are turning down opportunities to work in Barcelona due to the lack of affordable international schools for their children. These people, who are hard to attract and essential for the city's competitiveness, do not usually receive expatriate-level salaries. Even if they move to Barcelona with the intention of staying for good, they need their children to be able to follow an international curriculum for a certain period of time until they decide to make Barcelona their permanent home.
Barcelona Global is working to establish a way of providing affordable educational for the children of these people, either through solutions involving new or existing private international schools, or through changes in regulations that will make it possible for local schools to offer a fully international curriculum.
To reduce the barriers posed by the lack of affordable international schools, facilities that would help to attract the middle management and senior researchers that are essential for making Barcelona competitive.