Definition of migrant labour system in English:

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migrant labour system

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chiefly historical
(In South Africa) the laws and structures under which black contract labourers from rural areas, the homelands, or neighbouring states were recruited to work in the cities and mines.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, some have suggested that it is precisely their wealth in cattle that prevented them from being sucked into the contract migrant labour system that wrought such social havoc in other areas beyond the Police Zone.
  • The migrant labour system was physically, socially and politically disruptive and has had a lasting impact on these and other Namibian communities.
  • Just over a decade after independence, we now see a return of the migrant labour system in a new globalised, and perhaps even more vicious form.

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