The ideology of gastarbeiters
is grounded in the constant need to justify the reason why working and living abroad is worth it.
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.