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Iran tensions

For Asian migrants in the Gulf, better pay trumps US-Iran fears

Indians and Filipinos among those sending billions of dollars home each year

For workers from Asia, the promise of better jobs outweighs potential risks in the Middle East. (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

NEW DELHI/MANILA/JAKARTA -- Ever since a U.S. drone strike killed Iran's top military official, Swapna Tarafdar's family has urged her to return home to India. But Tarafdar, like millions of Asians living and working in the Middle East, says she is not going anywhere.

"My sister and father-in-law call us every day and want us to return, but we have told them we are monitoring the situation here," Tarafdar, a reporter who lives with her journalist husband and their 5-year-old son in the Omani capital of Muscat, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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