Definition of Gastarbeiter in English:


Line breaks: Gast|ar¦bei¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈɡastˌɑːbʌɪtə
, ˈɡastˌarbaɪtɐ/

noun (plural same or Gastarbeiters)

A person with temporary permission to work in another country, especially in Germany: the Gastarbeiter who sustained the German economic miracle
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  • In West Germany the Gastarbeiter who arrived in the 1960s and 1970s came largely from Germany's historic ally, Turkey.
  • Another boost to the population of West Germany has been provided by the so-called Gastarbeiter (migrant or immigrant workers), mostly from Turkey, the Balkans, Italy, and Portugal.
  • The first Gastarbeiter arrived in Germany in the 1950s, and the largest influx of Algerian-born immigrants came to France in 1956-1957.


German, from Gast 'guest' + Arbeiter 'worker'.

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