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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