Being oppressed and persecuted throughout the 20th century, many arrived from the seeking for a better life. Some arrived after the Assyrian Genocide. However, most arrived from Turkey in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the German economic plan of "Gastarbeiter"; as Germany was seeking immigrant workers, many saw the economic opportunity and applied for visas. Assyrians started working in restaurants or as construction workers for companies and even began running their own shops. The first Assyrian immigrants in Germany started organizing themselves by forming culture clubs and building churches. Today there are many Assyrian churches and clubs in Germany where young and older people come together, celebrating traditional events such as Easter, Christmas and other important days.