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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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The recipes have telling names but are mostly based on mushrooms, the Gastarbeiters' staple-food.
One theme that is raised by just a few participants, but that is a central concern of this article, is the gap between the experience of the writer in exile and the mass of "ordinary" refugees, with the position of the Gastarbeiters in Germany frequently alluded to in this context.
The heavy traffic is caused by returning tourists, as well as by gastarbeiters from Turkey returing from their homeland to Western Europe.
In 2010 Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism in Germany had 'failed utterly' and indicated that it was an illusion to think that German and 'gastarbeiters' or guest workers could live happily together.
(19.) Bernard, Sara, The return of the Yugoslav Gastarbeiters Home, a chronological division, Paper to the workshop "Labour Migration and Transnationalism in Europe - Contemporary and Historical Perspectives" at the Sudost-Institut, Regensburg, 10-11 December 2010, see Forschungsplattform Sudosteuropa,, Themenportal "Migration und Transnationalismus",
Economy expert Izet Zeqiri explains that the unemployment has also struck the Albanian gastarbeiters and therefore they are unable to invest in their home countries.
The population of South Ossetia lived largely on the remittances coming from its gastarbeiters working in Russia and their kin supporters from North Ossetia.
Many of these foreign residents are the children or grandchildren of Turkish, Italian, and Yugoslavian Gastarbeiters ("guest workers") recruited by the government in the 1950s and 1960s.
On the other hand, just as the communists and Nazis fought over the votes of the disgruntled in the 1920s, so too do the heirs of communism and Nazism today vie for those same disgruntled voters - those who yearn for the days of the GDR with all its welfare benefits and those who are unemployed and blame the Gastarbeiters for stealing their jobs.
Workers are then like European gastarbeiters living in the city but not of it.
Though the faces of the Gastarbeiters toiling all around the specious "Info-Box" are conspicuously absent in the representations inside, their working conditions and cramped living arrangements are available for public inspection through the building's picture windows.