maquiladora

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish maquiladora.

Noun[edit]

maquiladora (plural maquiladoras)

  1. An assembly plant in Mexico owned by a company from the United States or another foreign country, using cheap local labour and imported components, and which then exports its products to the company's country of origin; also, (by extension), similar factories in other countries. [from 20th c.]
    • 2013, Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo, Simon & Schuster 2013, p. 114:
      If such maquiladora projects are to be the model for Haiti's economic future, they will simply create future generations of sweatshop labor at subsistence wages.
    • 2014, Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian, 4 May:
      The girls were invariably captured while running errands in the centre of town, or on their way to or from work in the hundreds of maquiladoras: sweatshop assembly plants that constitute the economy of Juárez, manufacturing (for rock-bottom wages) the goods that America and Europe deem essential to keep their supermarket shelves and car-concession outlets stocked.

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

maquiladora f (plural maquiladoras)

  1. feminine singular of maquilador
  2. maquiladora (an assembly plant in Mexico near the border with the United States)

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

maquiladora f (plural maquiladoras)

  1. assembly plant

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