guest worker


guest worker
   an alien employed without the right of permanent residence
   Those so employed are paid, like the German Gastarbeiter, usually for menial work shunned by the indigenous population:
    A new development [in Israel] was that their dislike and fear of Palestinians had reached such a pitch that their answer now to Palestinian demands was the hiring of immigrant laborers and field hands from Thailand, the Philippines and Poland — desperate so-called 'guest workers'. (Theroux, 1995)

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  • guest worker — ➔ worker * * * guest worker UK US noun [C] GOVERNMENT, LAW ► a person who is allowed by the government of another country to work in that country for a limited period: »In most nations there are limitations on the rights of guest workers …   Financial and business terms

  • guest worker — guest .worker n a worker from one country who works in another country for a short time …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • guest worker — guest workers N COUNT A guest worker is a person, especially one from a poor country, who lives and works in a different country for a period …   English dictionary

  • guest worker — guest ,worker noun count someone who goes to a foreign country to work for a period of time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • guest worker — ► NOUN ▪ a person with temporary permission to work in another country …   English terms dictionary

  • guest worker — n. a person who works temporarily or seasonally in a foreign country, typically in a menial or unskilled occupation …   English World dictionary

  • guest worker — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms guest worker : singular guest worker plural guest workers someone who goes to a foreign country to work for a period of time …   English dictionary

  • guest worker — noun a person with temporary permission to work in another country a Moroccan guestworker in Canada was accused of aiding terrorists • Syn: ↑guestworker • Hypernyms: ↑workman, ↑workingman, ↑working man, ↑working person * * * nou …   Useful english dictionary

  • guest worker — guest′ work er n. bus a foreign worker permitted to work in a country, esp. in Western Europe, on a temporary basis • Etymology: 1965–70; trans. of G Gastarbeiter …   From formal English to slang

  • guest worker — noun A person with temporary permission to work in another country. Syn: guestworker, migrant worker, foreign worker, gastarbeiter …   Wiktionary

  • guest worker — a foreign worker permitted to work in a country, esp. in Western Europe, on a temporary basis. [1965 70; trans. of G Gastarbeiter] * * * …   Universalium


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