Vietnamese workers will soon return to Libya, according to the Ministry of Labour, War Invalid and Social Affairs.

The ministry said a number of Turkish contractors in Libya have pledged to re-recruit Vietnamese workers in the next six months after completing negotiations with their Libyan businesses.

The pledges were made during a recent visit of officials from the Vietnamese ministry to Turkey.

Turkish contractors, who are particularly active in North Africa, employ thousands of Vietnamese workers to work in construction in Libya.

The ministry said Turkish contractors have pledged to settle unpaid salaries owed to Vietnamese workers who fled the country during the recent troubles.

Meanwhile, the ministry said it has also asked Turkish authorities to urge Turkish contractors to speed up salary settlements.

Before the insurgency in Libya, 16 Turkish contractors employed Vietnamese labourers.

The unstable political situation in Libya has also dealt a big blow to labour export plans.

The Government has targeted sending 5,000-7,000 employees to Libya each year.

Libya used to be an attractive market because its firms could offer better salaries than most other markets. Each worker receives a minimum monthly salary of about 8 million VNĐ (380 USD), according to the Vietnam Labour Export Association.

As the North African country descended into violence, Vietnam recalled all of its 10,000 workers in the country.

According to Vietnamese labour firms, Libya is considered a prime destination for unskilled workers where they can earn between 350-1,000 USD per month.

The ministry's Department of Overseas Worker Management recently boosted the number of workers sent to Saudi Arabia, Russia and Malaysia./.