Gastarbeiter

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Gastarbeiter

A migrant worker in Germany. A gastarbeiter temporarily lives in Germany and is usually employed in manual labor. The word has become common in other European countries as well.
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Would a new generation of Turks pour into Europe postaccession, and would those who did come resemble the undesirable Gastarbeiters, or "guest workers," of the past?
This discrimination was in response to local resentment of gastarbeiters (the German term for "guest workers" used to describe th ese supposed fellow Yugoslavs).
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.
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.