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Anglicized version of the German gästarbeiter, a term used throughout the European Union to describe migratory or transitory laborers, usually from Eastern Europe, Asia Minor (Turkey), or the northern Mediterranean nations. Although they may reside more or less permanently in the nation where they work, they do not have the same rights as citizens and are sometimes victims of exploitation by employers. Generally, their health status is inferior to that of citizens of their host country, and often they have inferior access to health services. Migratory agricultural workers in the United States have similar status and similar health problems.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Human Resource Management.

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