guest worker


Definition of guest worker

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

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But there is general agreement that the sandwich staple was brought to Germany by Turkish guest workers in the late 1960s or early ‘70s. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Balkan House in Hamtramck is metro Detroit's only spot for German-style doner kebab," 13 June 2019 The rest were foreign guest workers with H-2B visas, the only immigration program the president has sought to expand. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "'America First?' Not when it comes to hiring foreign workers for Trump's Mar-a-Lago," 10 July 2018 The changing labor market has pushed growers to increasingly recruit workers through the H2A guest worker visa program, among other measures, according to Philip Martin, an emeritus professor at UC Davis who studies agricultural economics. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "E-Verify, Guest-Worker Terms Return to Center of Immigration Fight," 22 June 2018 Unlike guest workers invited to the country, these often stateless people weren’t allowed to work, instead receiving basic benefits and in many cases not integrating into their new society. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "An Ice-Cream Truck Slaying, Party Drugs and Real-Estate Kings: Ethnic Clans Clash in Berlin’s Underworld," 15 Oct. 2018 The Labor Department has also proposed new rules that would require US employers to do a better job advertising open positions to American workers before seeking permission to hire guest workers. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The G20 summit is a reminder of how little the US is doing for American workers," 26 Nov. 2018 Other evidence suggests North Korea is earning significant sums of money from overseas businesses and guest workers, including North Korean restaurants that were supposed to close but remain open in some countries. Tom Wright, WSJ, "New Doubts Emerge About U.S.-Led Sanctions on North Korea," 16 Sep. 2018 Farmworker advocates also have attacked the bill, citing concerns including the removal of some labor protections for guest workers, and the undermining of bargaining power. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Washington growers struggle with labor shortage, vote in Congress on farmworker bill remains elusive," 5 Aug. 2018 Hostility toward guest workers has also bubbled up into violence, as in the case of Garmin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a hate crime in Kansas the month after the executive order. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Steve Bannon is pushing anti-immigrant policies at an upcoming tech conference," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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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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