Definition of migrant labour in English:

migrant labour

(US migrant labor)


  • 1A workforce which travels from place to place in search of (temporary) employment, or is recruited for such employment, usually to an urban from a rural area; the existence or exploitation of such a workforce.

  • 2South African specifically the black labour force working under the migrant labour system; the system under which such workers are employed.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Journal of Sociology.