Yugoslav Gastarbeiter: The Guest Who Stayed for Dinner

Mihajlovic, Steven | January 1, 1987

First, this Comment will trace the history of the German use of guest workers, summarize the economic, political, and social situations of the FRG and Yugoslavia, and evaluate the current status of Yugoslav guest workers in the FRG. Next, the Comment will argue that forced repatriation could have a disastrous effect on the economies of both the FRG and Yugoslavia-that a forced repatriation program is a shortsighted temporary solution having long-term consequences. Finally, the Comment will conclude that a return of guest workers could intensify political and social unrest in Yugoslavia.