Last Vietnamese workers return home by sea from Libya

Greece-flagged vessel Lissos carrying 1,015 Vietnamese labourers from Libya anchored at the Cai Lan Port in the northern province of Quang Ninh on April 4.

These were the last Vietnamese workers to return home in the Vietnamese government’s largest-ever campaign to rescue 10,300 workers from chaotic Libya.

The Lissos cruise liner, which was hired by a Brazilian contractor to transport Vietnamese workers home, departed from Libya’s Benghazi Port on March 3 and was expected to dock at the Hai Phong Port on March 21.

However, the vessel arrived in Vietnam two weeks later than scheduled because it stopped off at different ports along its route to take more fuels and food for labourers.

Two businesses that sent workers to Libya, namely the Vinaconex Trade & Manpower Export Centre (Vinaconexmec) and the Viet Thang Company, arranged 30 buses to transport those workers to their homes, mainly in the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh.

Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Hoa said the campaign to bring guest workers from Libya home was successfully completed thanks to the Party and State’s sound and timely instruction as well as international organisations’ and individuals’ assistance.

After the campaign was launched on February 24, the government set up a steering committee on settlement of Vietnamese citizens in the Middle East and North Africa, sent five working teams to Libya’s neighbouring countries and called for international support for the evacuation of Vietnamese workers.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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