guest worker


Definition of guest worker

: a foreign laborer working temporarily in an industrialized usually European country

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Recent Examples on the Web In one of his audio memos, from January 2016, Franco A. would later describe the guest worker program as a deliberate strategy to dilute German ethnicity. New York Times, "A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A.," 29 Dec. 2020 Citing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Trump has also issued proclamations limiting immigrant visas and guest worker programs. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump vs. Biden race to dictate fate of U.S. immigration for years to come," 28 Sep. 2020 Mexican guest worker Ernesto Dimas was accustomed to the rigors of the cherry harvest. Hal Bernton, Star Tribune, "Pandemic crimps labor supply for fruit farms in the West," 29 Aug. 2020 That order was set to lapse -- but it will now be extended until the end of 2020 and expanded to include some guest worker visas. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump's latest moves aren't exactly a winning economic -- or reelection -- strategy," 24 June 2020 But the current guest worker model isn’t cutting it. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "How to Fix America’s Broken Guest-Worker System," 24 June 2020 Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute, said there are legitimate concerns about some of the guest worker programs — including the ones for H-1B and J-1 visas. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump to expand sweeping immigration restrictions, targeting work visas in new order," 23 June 2020 Republican senators, including Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, argue that all new guest worker visas should be suspended for at least 60 days or until unemployment has returned to normal levels. Philip Marcelo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will visa restrictions last? Foreign workers, students hope not.," 17 June 2020 President Donald Trump has sought to maintain the flow of foreign workers to U.S. farms during the pandemic, waiving interview requirements for some guest workers when consular offices shut down and exempting them from a temporary immigration ban. Mike Dorning, Fortune, "Every single worker at this U.S. farm has tested positive for coronavirus," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of guest worker

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guest worker

translation of German Gastarbeiter

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“Guest worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guest worker

: a person from one country who lives and works for a time in another country

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