Meaning of Gastarbeiter in English:


nounplural noun Gastarbeiter, plural noun Gastarbeiters

  • A person with temporary permission to work in another country, especially in Germany.

    ‘the Gastarbeiter who sustained the German economic miracle’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are we going to follow the now partly discarded German model of Gastarbeiter, or guest workers, or are we going to follow the Australian and partly Swedish model of multiculturalism?’
    • ‘Numerous others took the traditional emigrant's path to Britain while others worked as Gastarbeiter on the Continent.’
    emigrant, non-native, émigré, migrant, economic migrant, guest worker



/ˈɡastˌɑːbʌɪtə/ /ˈɡastˌarbaɪtɐ/


German, from Gast ‘guest’ + Arbeiter ‘worker’.