guest worker

(noun) An individual with temporary permission to live and work in another country.

Example: Domestic helpers such as house keepers and au pairs or migrant farm workers.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: guest workers
  • The term guest worker is typically applied to people who have a temporary visa granted by a legal authority, not someone who is in a country illegally.
  • A type of individual.
  • Also called migrant worker.

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Works Consulted

Marsh, Ian, and Mike Keating, eds. 2006. Sociology: Making Sense of Society. 3rd ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

 

How to Cite the Definition of Guest Worker

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “guest worker.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/guest-worker/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

guest worker. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/guest-worker/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “guest worker.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/guest-worker/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“guest worker.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/guest-worker/>.