Nairobi - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Large and varied. There is a big UN post here, and also there are quite a lot of expats that aren't part of the development/foreign affairs crowd (business, tech startups, etc). I'd say morale is good, people love Kenya and many stay long-term. - Apr 2021


Plentiful. - Nov 2020


Overall we have good morale. There is a heavy UN expat community as well, and many "old-timers" that have been here for decades or even generations. - Dec 2018


The expat community here is massive. There are a ton of folks here from around the world for a wide variety of reasons. As for the American government community, it too is big. U.S. Embassy Nairobi is the ninth biggest Embassy in the world. We have DOS, USAID, DOD, DHS, CDC, etc. The list goes on.

Morale appears to vary, though it's generally positive. We've had a good time in Nairobi, as have most of our friends, but there are others who dislike it here and find the safety concerns to outweigh the positives. - Dec 2018


If you are a trailing spouse, it is very important to find something you enjoy doing here or I think it could be difficult. - Jun 2018


Huge. There are many government missions, the UN, and lots of NGOs here. Morale is good. - Jul 2016


Big. Morale differs - Sep 2015


Very large and very good morale for the most part. A few people are not happy, but they probably wouldn't be anywhere. - Aug 2015


Lots of expats. With so much aid coming into Kenya there are large functioning embassies from all the larger countries, and the UN complex here is one of the largest in the world. Lots of International NGOs too, hiring many Europeans and Aussies. Morale seems high. The Embassy community is very sociable and close-knit. The thing that gets people down the most is the traffic (and bad roads.) - Jul 2015


Huge expat community here. The American Chamber of Commerce holds weekly events. - May 2015


Large, most people seem happy to be here. - Dec 2014


Very large. Pretty good overall except people are extremely concerned about crime and the growing threats of terrorism. This is becoming a major worry for many folks. - Jun 2014


It's huge. Moral is great. - Jun 2014


Size of expat community is huge. The UN has 1500 expats in Nairobi, and the NGO community is also large. Morale is medium-low - security really gets to people after a while. Nairobi is the only post rated critical for both crime and terrorism that is fully accompanied. - Mar 2014


Huge. Between embassies, aid workers and the UN. - Jul 2013


HUGE. It's a hub for east Africa and UNEP, and UN HABITAT is headquartered here. - Jun 2013


Enormous, as Nairobi is the East African hub for many of the international organizations, including the UN. Almost every country has Embassy representation and there are tons of expats working on microfinance and NGOs. - Dec 2012


Large, very large. UN, missionaries, NGOs, embassies, etc. Nairobi is a regional hub for most organizations. - Aug 2012


Huge. - Dec 2011


Huge. The US government has a large presence through the Department of State, USAID, and affiliated organizations. The UN has a large facility here, with expats from all over. There are tons of NGOs, nonprofits, and missionaries from all over. Great Britain has a large official presence here, as well as many non-gov't related expats. It's easy to get out of the "embassy bubble" or "American bubble" if that is what you like. - Dec 2011


lots of expats. lots of missions. lots of NGO's. big UN presence. - Sep 2011


Huge. It feels like a quarter of the population, but that is an exaggeration due to where we shop and dine and the people that we run into in our daily lives. - Dec 2010


Pretty large, as this is the regional hub for East Africa. UN headquarters is here. Over 70 embassies are here. - Dec 2009


Large. - Jul 2009


Huge. - Jun 2008


Massive but fragmented, though there are not many centralized groups for meeting. The UN has a spouse club and the embassies take good care of their own. The local AWA is open to members from anywhere in the world and has interesting outings and monthly speakers. People kind of do their own thing. - Feb 2008


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