Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A guest worker, especially one in Germany.

Etymologies

German : Gast, guest (from Middle High German, from Old High German) + Arbeiter, worker (from arbeiten, to work, from Arbeit, work, from Middle High German arebeit, from Old High German arabeit).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Chancellor's comments appear directed at Germany's 3 million Turkish immigrants, who began to arrive as "guest workers" ("Gastarbeiter") to fill labor shortages during the 1960s and '70s.

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  • The Chancellor's comments appear directed at Germany's 3 million Turkish immigrants, who began to arrive as "guest workers" ("Gastarbeiter") to fill labor shortages during the 1960s and

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  • That's what we saw in 1973, particularly in Germany, when the Gastarbeiter were expected to go home during that financial crisis but the opposite happened: those who weathered the storm wanted to stay and their families followed them.

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  • These agreements allowed the recruitment of Gastarbeiter (guest workers) to work in the industrial sector for jobs that required few qualifications.

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  • As always with Peter Temple, the book is full of gorgeous prose, such as: Once Gastarbeiter from Anatolia, Anselm thought, now wealthy.

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  • Angela Merkel can do her thing about how resilient the German economy is and how nicely it provides for modest unemployment, but exports will soon be tanking for the world's most successful exporter, and the Gastarbeiter two-cultures problem will only be exacerbated, leaving eastern Germany wondering.

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  • The Germans originated the concept in an agreement with Italy in 1955, but most Gastarbeiter after 1960 were Turkish.

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  • When production falls and unemployment rises in Russia, many of the Gastarbeiter, or guest workers, that have been needed to fuel the boom are usually sent home.

    Russia’s Comeuppance

  • Sure, since Sweden has a large Finnish expat population they're going to vote for their "own" country, of course Germany's Gastarbeiter will vote for Turkey, and certainly every single Australian living in Europe at the time would have voted for Germany, because for one glorious moment it was practically Australia.

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  • Mr. Özdemir looks set to reach the highest rung yet among politicians born to Germany's postwar Gastarbeiter

    A Foot in the Door of Traditional German Politics

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