Egypt expats challenged by cultural differences
 

Egypt expats challenged by cultural differences

Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Ivan Radford @themovechannel

Expats in Egypt are mostly challenged by cultural differences, according to a new survey. The research, conducted by Expat Forum and Barclays International Banking, saw that the majority of respondents (33.33 per cent) highlighted "cultural differences" as the main challenge they faced living abroad.

Expats in Egypt are mostly challenged by cultural differences, according to a new survey.

The research, conducted by Expat Forum and Barclays International Banking, saw that the majority of respondents (33.33 per cent) highlighted "cultural differences" as the main challenge they faced living abroad.

This was closely followed by "loneliness" and "cost of living" as the main obstacles facing foreign nationals. Expat Forum's Ray Clancy notes that the country has a "mixed record on human rights and treatment of the population" despite its established status as a tourist destination, while ongoing political conflicts and violence may impact the results.

With freedom of speech, religion and protests all regular issues confronting the country's citizens, it is, perhaps, no surprise that cultural differences are the main difficulty highlighted by expats.

Cost of living is also discussed by Clancy, who notes that "the cost of living year-on-year to October 2011 increased by 7.1 per cent". This figure, which is the lowest in four years, is still a tough change from the economic climate of the UK.

The research concludes: "Many expats who were initially looking towards Egypt as a new homeland may well need to delay this particular adventure for the short term. However, if as many people believe, the Egyptian political scene is transferred from a dictatorship type scenario to a fully democratic and incorrupt system this will help the image of the country. Cultural differences, loneliness, cost of living, relationship problems and healthcare are still very much in the minds of expats (in this particular order) and are likely to remain so for some time to come."


Author - Dan Johnson

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