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During the military dictatorship (1967-74), labour immigrants were recruited, mostly from Egypt, and in the 1980s Filipina nurses were also directly recruited. These were followed in the late 1980s by political refugees from various Eastern European countries and Kurds from Turkey. It was not until the collapse of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe that Greece experienced mass immigration—mostly of a clandestine or illegal nature—from Albania and subsequently from other Eastern European states. Albanian migrants constitute some 55-60% or more of the immigrant population. More recent immigrant groups, from the mid-1990s on, consist of Asian nationalities—especially Pakistani and Bangladeshi—who undertake low-skilled jobs, with more recent political asylum and/or illegal migration flows through Turkey of Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, Somali and others. Since the 1990s, increases in such flows have led to the emergence of immigration as a political issue. (via DBpedia)