guest worker


Definition of guest worker 

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

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Moscow continues to illegally export oil to North Korea and to hire North Korean guest workers for construction projects in Siberia. Samuel Ramani, Washington Post, "Why Russia is openly violating sanctions against North Korea," 23 Apr. 2018 Senator Sanders voted against a bill in 2007 that would have given a path to citizenship for 12m undocumented people, on the basis that the proposal also allowed companies to bring in guest workers, undermining unions. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 The guest worker issue has split the Republican party, however, becoming a major stumbling block in House Republicans' efforts to reach a deal on an immigration bill. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Trump administration pushes changes to farmworker visa," 15 June 2018 Eastern Shore crab houses, where crustaceans are picked for the meat sold in grocery stores and restaurants, are without about 35 percent of their usual work force after many failed to get necessary guest worker visas. Scott Dance,, "Amid crab worker shortage, Maryland officials approve $375,000 to boost marketing — not work force," 20 June 2018 Critics of the guest worker program say such jobs should pay more, in order to atttract more teenagers and American workers who have dropped out of the labor force. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "DHS to issue 15,000 more guest worker visas amid clamor over labor shortage," 25 May 2018 Others remain guest workers for the long term, returning home every year for weeks or months at a time — and supplying remittances that make up a substantial chunk of Central Asia’s national budgets. Washington Post, "Migrant workers the key to Russia’s smooth-running World Cup," 5 July 2018 BrightView is the nation’s largest employer of workers entering the U.S. under the H-2B visa program for legal guest workers for seasonal businesses, the company said. Annabelle Williams,, "Plymouth Meeting-based BrightView commercial landscaper debuts shares on the New York Stock Exchange," 28 June 2018 Many who have come here followed a path cut by an older cadre of Greeks in the 1950s, when Germany sought guest workers for mining and construction to rebuild cities after World War II. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Greece May Be Turning a Corner. Greeks Who Fled Are Staying Put.," 5 June 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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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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