The number of foreigners working in Egypt decreased 12 percent in 2013 to almost 14,699 from around 16,713 the prior year, according to a statement released on Tuesday by state-run statistics agency CAPMAS.
Some 35 percent of foreign workers in Egypt come from non-Arab Asian countries, 28 percent come from Europe and 28 percent from Arab countries.
The biggest percentage of foreigners working in Egypt, around 28 percent, occupies high positions including executives. They are followed by technicians and assistant specialists who comprise some 23 percent of all foreign workers in the country.
Palestinians top other nationalities in the private sector with around 2,247 Palestinians comprising some 15 percent. They are followed by some 1900 workers from Bangladesh.
Egypt’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2014 at 13.4 percent. Almost 70 percent of unemployed people were aged between 15 and 29, and more than 79 percent hold diplomas or university degrees.