Helena Barcos beside Cologne's cathedral
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Spanish expatriate in Cologne

12 September 2013 Last updated at 09:31 BST

Helena Barcos, 28, is one of the lucky ones among a new generation of Spaniards heading to Germany in search of work.

The woman from Seville has a job as a business processes manager at DHL in Bonn and lives in Cologne, a big student city with a cosmopolitan outlook and one of the most popular destinations for young migrants from her country.

Here she speaks to BBC News about her new life in Cologne.