Immigration to Greece has been significant in recent years, although flow data are difficult to obtain and much immigration has been irregular. 85 000 new residence permits were issued in 2006, a 68% increase over 2005. 15% were for family reunification.
Likewise, the registered resident foreign population increased by more than 90 000 from 2005 to 2006 ‐ i.e. a growth of more than 15%. As in the past, Albanians are the main nationality concerned, although there are some indications of a
diversification of the immigrant population. Albanians account for about 70% of the stocks, but for less than 40% of the change in stocks.