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What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

The expatriate community is relatively small. Given the movement restrictions that apply to embassy staff, there are, however, few opportunities to visit or socialize with other expatriates outside the US embassy community. Morale among the US embassy staff is uniformly poor, in my opinion. People try to stay positive, but even experienced staff will say that Dhaka is probably the most difficult post they've ever served at. - Apr 11, 2017
Medium-sized. Morale is not good, although people are trying to do their best in a tough situation. - Jun 17, 2016
Large and morale varies. Some people try to stay happy and some people are Debby Downers. - May 18, 2016
Large expat community due to development organizations. Morale is pretty low, people try to escape every few months. - Jun 20, 2015
Large and morale is what you make it. I started off not so good but I've made many friends now and am actually content. - Sep 29, 2014
Pretty large. People were simply trying to get through their tour. - Aug 3, 2014
Large; a little crazy. A lot of rich Bangladeshis have dual citizenship and mingle with the expats. Expats have a mix of reactions to this. Most of the community revolves around the clubs and the numerous annual balls, or around school for families. - Jul 28, 2014
Big! The U.S. Embassy alone has 130 direct hires. In addition to all the other embassies here (there are 40 some-odd missions), there are lots of international organizations and development agencies, and about half a dozen international schools. - Aug 9, 2013
The U.S. Embassy has about 130 American direct hires (I think). - Apr 11, 2013
Pretty large, many NGOs are here. The embassy has about 100 US employees. - Aug 14, 2011
A few thousand: embassy employees, NGO employees, oil company employees and garments executives. - Feb 8, 2011
The community is rather big but spread around. - Jan 29, 2011
Large. - Jan 7, 2011
Thousands. - Oct 25, 2010
Moderate, very international. - Apr 27, 2010
Not sure of the numbers, but much larger than I expected--besides embassies, there is a huge community of aid workers and those staffing international organizations, plus some in international business, especially the apparel sector. - Oct 30, 2009
medium - Aug 6, 2009
Medium. Lots of expats working in the development field and some in the garment sector. - Mar 13, 2009
Pretty large expat community. At the Embassy, you can ask for the DAWC directory with contact numbers for expats, along with maps and all kinds of other useful information. - Nov 20, 2008
Big. - Mar 2, 2008
Large - especially if you're willing to branch outside the American community. There are many people here doing really interesting work from garments to NGO to large corporations. - Feb 24, 2008