guest worker

noun

Definition of guest worker

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

Examples of guest worker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That began to change about a decade ago, when the first of dozens of young, white workers flew in from South Africa on special guest worker visas. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 In December, the government announced that 20,000 seasonal guest worker visas would be added to the allotment of 33,000 for the winter to assist employers in landscaping, construction and hospitality, areas that are desperately in need of workers. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 6 Feb. 2022 The agricultural guest worker program, known by the shorthand H-2A, was once shunned by farmers here and elsewhere as expensive and bureaucratic. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 The agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A, allows agricultural employers to hire temporary workers from outside the U.S. to address labor shortages. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 9 Dec. 2021 As an undocumented guest worker, Ali was likely frequently at risk of being exploited by Korean employers, a reality for many of his similar migrant background, Lee said. NBC News, 16 Oct. 2021 Texas Republicans once backed the need for a guest worker program for immigrants, and allowing the children of immigrants in the country without authorization to pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges. Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2021 Commonly, after their student visa many would secure sponsorship for their first job via the H-1B guest worker visa. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The Biden administration is expected to make an additional 22,000 seasonal guest worker visas available ahead of summer as the White House undoes limitations on immigration imposed by the Trump administration. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guest%20worker. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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