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What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?
Small. Booze-focused. - Sep 19, 2016
Expat community is virtually non-existent. The number of Americans living in the capital that aren't in the Embassy is like five people. The diplomatic community is small and very francophone.
Morale at the Embassy has varied between rock bottom low to relatively poor in my two years. Senior leadership and management by Embassy supervisors were the direct cause of this. However, the current Embassy community is very active socially and there is always something to do. - Jun 9, 2016
Small and poor. This place grinds you down - it's incredibly frustrating to live here. There's so much potential and yet very little of it is realized. The bureaucracy is maddening and unpredictable, so working here is very difficult, and they'll get so much money in foreign currency reserves that many of us wonder what we're doing here trying to help. If you need to communicate with the Algerian government, it has to be by fax - they don't use email. And they don't pick up their phones very much. They have enough resources and history to be Morocco or Turkey if they really wanted to. They simply choose not to. Nothing will change here until oil prices fall and knock them off their collective keisters. - Mar 15, 2014
Very small. - Oct 25, 2013
Maybe a few hundred diplomats. - Dec 18, 2011
Small. - Sep 23, 2008
Medium size but shrinking due to security concerns. - Mar 4, 2008
Small. There are about 1,000 Americans in Algeria - mostly in the southern oil-producing region. - Feb 25, 2008