A huge number of Expatriates are affected by language barrier

Expatriates, or people who reside in a country, which they are not a citizen to, either permanently or for a period to conduct a specific activity. According to statistics by the UN, the number of expats has triplicated since 1960, back then it was 73 million expats worldwide but now about 232 million people, an approximate of 3.1 percent of the world’s population are expats.

Egypt is among the top 5 countries in Africa that has a large population of expats. The number of foreigners living in Egypt is about 116,000 and represent 0.1 percent of the total population. Out of this figure, 58 percent are from Arab countries, 32 percent are from European countries, 6 percent from Asian countries and 6 percent from North America. When moving abroad, expatriates face a range of challenges. Many expats do not speak the local language of the country they’re living in, although an increasing percentage tries to learn it. This language barrier makes it harder to deal with local service providers, thus generating a need for specialized services.

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