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Over 1m migrants flee Middle East, hitting Asian economies

Host countries lose cheap labor as home countries miss remittances

Foreign workers queue outside a corner store in the Al Quoz industrial district of Dubai in April. The region is now on the verge of an exodus of migrant labor.   © Reuters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- For Joseph Sanchez, a Filipino security guard who worked here for seven years, the decision to leave was easy.

The 47-year-old was laid off after the private school that employed him switched to online classes because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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