One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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