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 1986, a Republican president—Ronald Reagan—signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act, amnestying undocumented people, expanding guest worker programs, securing the border, and enhancing requirements for employers. TIME, 9 Jan. 2024 The recently released include grandmothers in their 70s and 80s, Thai guest workers, and more than 20 children under age 12—including preschoolers and a toddler. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2023 In addition, dairy farms can’t use a federal guest worker program to bring in immigrants on temporary visas. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, 13 Nov. 2023 Union leaders have called such criticism unfair, saying farmworkers are among the most vulnerable and difficult to organize as many are often undocumented, or, increasingly, temporary foreign guest workers. Alejandra Molina, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Girls, as well as male guest workers from Central Asia—often recruited based on familiarity with Farsi spoken in Iran—also may have their passports confiscated on arrival to discourage quitting. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2023 Much of Germany’s postwar growth has been made possible by guest workers, many of them from Turkey and North Africa. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Even before the current war, Poland was home to more than a quarter of a million Ukrainian guest workers, and as that number has ballooned with the arrival of millions of refugees, the potential for larger economic ties between the countries is already clear. Anna Reid, Foreign Affairs, 11 May 2022 Throughout the last decade, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has changed his tune on guest worker visas. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 9 July 2023 See More

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Word History


translation of German Gastarbeiter

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guest worker was in 1960

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“Guest worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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