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Rabat



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

The U.S. embassy employs over 100 Americans; with family, this rises to somewhere in the neighborhood of 300. Morale is good - there's a lot to do in the city and the country and our CLO is active, though events are not always very well-attended (a bit of a fickle community in this way). Many people organize their own parties though and there's usually a lot to do and a good sense of community. - Oct 24, 2017
Again, this one is tricky. Anglophonic expat community is limited to the Britsh, Canadians, and American Embassies. There are many Francophone expats living in Rabat and Morocco as a whole.

Morale among Americans is low, but I think it's self-inflicted. Yes, if you don't have the language, you'll have a hard time getting out and about. Rabat is a small city and the seat of government, so it's lacking in nightlife & cultural activities. This can feel isolating at times. Some of the issues with the schools can leave families in the lurch, and singles (especially women) can feel isolated.

My advice is to learn the language and try to use it at every opportunity. Moroccans are very warm and friendly people, and will go a long way in trying to communicate with you if you make the effort. I think this would make your experience there much more pleasant. - Oct 23, 2017


Morale is low among expats, something we were very surprised by. Community is very small, especially the English-speaking community. - Aug 29, 2017
Medium size expat community with various morale. It is definitely what you make of it. - Jul 20, 2014
Quite large. I believe that there are 100 embassies; the French are said to have 1,000+ here from all walks of life, the U.S. Embassy has 100 families/individuals plus other affiliated Americans (schoolteachers, for example). - Nov 17, 2011
100-200? - Nov 16, 2011
Medium sized if you include all nationalities. - Sep 18, 2011
Moderate. - Apr 8, 2010
Approximately 60 families with the embassy, Many more with USAid and Peace corp and even more from other countries. - Jun 3, 2008