guest worker


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 In Macau, authorities said sales would be restricted to a maximum of 10 face masks to residents or authorized guest workers who can present a valid ID card. Time, "Virus Panic Causes Face Mask Supplies to Run Out Across Asia," 24 Jan. 2020 The descendants of Turkish guest workers who arrived after World War II still struggle for acceptance. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Germany Has Been Unified for 30 Years. Its Identity Still Is Not.," 9 Nov. 2019 Many of the guest workers were already scheduled to return in early November, when their temporary visas expired. Megan Cassidy,, "Lost wages, lost homes, uncertainty for migrant vineyard workers after Kincade Fire," 31 Oct. 2019 Millions of guest workers came to the United States from Mexico under a government program that lasted for decades. Jaqueline Hurtado And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "As Trump touts his border wall, Los Angeles is about to unveil a monument to migrants," 29 Sep. 2019 While never as diverse as West Berlin, with its large Turkish and Arab communities, the East housed a sizable population of guest workers from the Soviet Empire and its allies. Michelle Hackman And Georgia Wells, WSJ, "The Quirkiest Dining Scene in Berlin? Communist Comfort Food," 28 June 2019 First, Munger passed over U.S. workers for foreign guest workers. Fortune, "These Women Are the Next Generation’s Leaders," 11 Dec. 2019 Farms can’t bring immigrants in as seasonal guest workers for year-round jobs, such as milking cows, and sponsoring them for a green card is a lengthy process that may cost thousands of dollars. Maria Perez,, "American farms recruit Mexican veterinarians for jobs as animal scientists — but the real work is milking cows and cleaning pens for low pay," 4 Dec. 2019 The bilateral guest worker agreement between Mexico and the United States lasted from 1942 to 1964. Jorge Macías,, "Time running out for braceros who worked US fields during WWII," 1 Dec. 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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