20 Vietnamese workers in Saudi Arabia return home

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Twenty Vietnamese workers in Saudi Arabia were forced to return home after their employer failed to pay them, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ Overseas Labor Department said Tuesday. 
Seven of the 20 workers, hailing from the northeastern province of Bac Kan, arrived in Vietnam on Sunday, news website VnExpress reported. The remaining workers arrived today. 
In April, they were sent to Saudi Arabia by Hanoi-based Thang Long International Cooperation and Investment JSC., (Thang Long OSC) to work for a local company under a two-year contract. 
But more than one month later, the Saudi Arabian company had financial difficulties and failed to pay salaries and other fees to them. 
The workers went on a strike and sought help from the Vietnamese embassy in the country. 
The embassy worked with the Thang Long OSC to repatriate the workers, and the company refunded the fees they charged the workers before sending them abroad. 
Around 16,000 Vietnamese laborers are working in Saudi Arabia, mostly in construction sites, factories or in local homes.

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