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

It's a fairly robust community, and the adversity brings us together. The morale is ok. - Jun 2019


Morale is pretty good. The people here are great and the social scene is fun and interesting if a bit repetitive. - Jul 2018


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 2017


Medium-sized. Morale is not good, although people are trying to do their best in a tough situation. - Jun 2016


Large and morale varies. Some people try to stay happy and some people are Debby Downers. - May 2016


Large expat community due to development organizations. Morale is pretty low, people try to escape every few months. - Jun 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 2014


Pretty large. People were simply trying to get through their tour. - Aug 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 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 2013


The U.S. Embassy has about 130 American direct hires (I think). - Apr 2013


Pretty large, many NGOs are here. The embassy has about 100 US employees. - Aug 2011


A few thousand: embassy employees, NGO employees, oil company employees and garments executives. - Feb 2011


The community is rather big but spread around. - Jan 2011


Large. - Jan 2011


Thousands. - Oct 2010


Moderate, very international. - Apr 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 2009


medium - Aug 2009


Medium. Lots of expats working in the development field and some in the garment sector. - Mar 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 2008


Big. - Mar 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 2008


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