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A guest worker, especially one in Germany.

[German : Gast, guest (from Middle High German, from Old High German; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots) + Arbeiter, worker (from arbeiten, to work, from Arbeit, work, from Middle High German arebeit, from Old High German arabeit; see orbh- in Indo-European roots).]
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(ˈgɑstˌɑr baɪ tər)

n., pl. -beit•er (-baɪ tər)
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Immigrants were guests, in some ways, and in the German case they were even called that: Gastarbeiter ("guest worker") is the term for the Italians and Turks, mostly, who came starting in the 1960s to work in German factories, helping create the Wirtschaftswunder, the German economic success after the war.
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In the 1960s, many Korean nurses and mine workers migrated to Germany, as the country invited Korean laborers as part of its Gastarbeiter program.
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