Ankommen is a free app developed by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in conjunction with the Federal Agency for Labor, the Goethe Institute and the Bavarian Radio and Television.
The app serves as a go-to for new refugees arriving in Germany: it gives refugees tips about living in Germany, including shopping and food advice, information on where health services are provided, a step by step description of how to use trains and busses in different areas, and how to integrate children through educational opportunities. Ankommen also provides information on asylum procedure, vocational training and job opportunities, and more.
Refugees can also learn German on this app, which connects them to volunteers who speak German with them—practicing in this way is the best way to learn the language.
This app is available in 5 languages and can be used offline.
The Love Europe app for Refugees is available for you to download and help you navigate through Europe. The app will help you find what you need most, both on your journey and when you settle.
Everyone can use the app as a platform to show love to refugees and newcomers. You can add helpful locations, local events, but also make yourself available to get connected with a refugee. The app contains a lot of helpful videos and links about language, culture and more.
Love-Europe isn’t just an app, but is’t a tool to help integrate. Getting to know people, becoming friends with people in their new neighbourhoods, is key to integrating.
This app helps refugees and newcomers find the information they need most. The app provides lots of locations in different countries: available at the moment are Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. Greece, Austria, Sweden, the UK, Malta and other countries will follow quickly.
Even when you are offline, the app still works for navigation and events. All locations and events are stored on your phone so you can navigate to locations using the compass function if you are disconnected from the Internet.
The app will also help you communicate during your travel and stay. The app is multilingual and always displays information in two languages, so it can be used as a communication tool. The phrasebook provides a lot of basic phrases you can use in another language.
When you’re new in a city or area, it will be great to connect with people in the neighbourhood. In the app, you find a local events agenda, with events for refugees and newcomers. Think about language café, cultural activities, sports, meet and greet with people from the area. It will help you to integrate into your new place.
The Refugee Center Online is a web based platform for refugees in the US. The site provides basic information about the education system, career, health, daily life, right and laws, and culture in the US. The website is available in many languages.
The website is optimized for mobile access and a good starting point for refugees looking for information and social networks in the US.
“phase6 hallo Deutsch Kinder” is a free language learning app especially for children and young migrants in Germany. Its focus is on children which have no German language skills at all. Children will learn a basic set of German words with sound bits and picture exercises. The app works with rewards to motivate the children to work continuously. The aim is to speed up language learning for a better and quicker integration into the German school system.
GiveNow is a donation app for things of daily live needed by refugees. It connects donators with supporters who collect the donation and bring it to the refugee organisations. Donators just set their location in the app and add the kind of donation they want to give. The categories right now are: smartphones, blankets, travel bags, sleeping bags, train tickets, baby products, hygiene articles, winter shoes and other. A volunteer then collects the items at the given address and transports them to the organisation.
The app just started, right now the service is limited to one organisation in Berlin, but other organisation can apply to use this service.
The apps front end is pretty easy to understand and supports German and English.
Click below to download the app from the Google Play store:
InfoAid is an app with up to date information for refugees on their way through south-east of Europe. It covers all countries on the Balkan route, including updates about the situation at the borders, weather reports for the Turkish Sea, ferry strikes, transportation information, security advises, information for children traveling alone and many more topics.
The app is developed and maintained by volunteer developers from Hungary and is donated to Migration Aid, a group of volunteers based in Hungary. It’s sole purpose is to help and provide with necessary and valid information. It’s not connected in any form to the hungarian government.
Supported languages: The reports are updated daily and available in many languages. A group of volunteers translates all reports into English, Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Pashto, Urdu.
Also implement into this app is RefugeePhrasebook, a small translation dictionary for various languages.
Once the reports are downloaded, the app works OFFLINE also.
Countries covered: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia
RefuChat is an app for the communication between supporters or paramedics and arabic speaking refugees. It lists a set of most important phrases which you can choose from. Alternatively you can use the live translation of written and spoken text of your choice.
Supports many languages e.g. German, English, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, French, Turkish and Greek.
There are two versions available. The lite version is for older smartphones, the normal version supports text to speech translation.
Speakfree is an anonymous chat app to get in contact with other refugees or supporters. Without knowing anybody in your city you can ask questions within a radius of 1 kilometer, 10 kilometers or 100 kilometers of your location and people will answer you then.
Available in 8 languages: English, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Dari and Tigrinya.
Get help with translations from German locals, especially in Berlin!
Quote from the Google Play Store text:
“Make translation as mobile as you are with the Alles Klar Android App! Alles Klar opens the door for non-German speakers and assists with translations, registrations, opening a bank account, understanding letters and other complicated bureaucratic procedures. With over 800,000 refugees in Germany we believe our mission is to connect German speaking users with refugees. Making translation easy and accessible for everyone.
Message refugees or translators directly with Alles Klar app! Once you selected “contact” you are directly connected with each other and can set up meetings or submit documents for translation.
• Fast access to translators all around Berlin • Meet each other in person or ask for help digitally • Get support in registration such as banks, registration offices, phone providers, housing, Schufa and more • Connect with native speakers and locals • The app is absolutely free of charge!”
App for refugees in Berlin and Germany in general.Quote from the Google Play text:
“Important topics covered by this app are: Asylum procedure, Housing, Opening a bank account, Transportation, Learning German, Working in Germany, Health, School and kindergarten, Culture, Collection of important documents”
Regional information from authorities and supporter groups of several German cities (Augsburg, Bad Tölz, Düsseldorf, Main-Taunus-Kreis). Simply choose your city and get local information relevant for refugees. Get important information from authorities as push messages. Different languages.
Refoodgee connects refugees with locals. Locals can themselves register with this app to invite refugees for cooking. Refugees register as guests, locals as hosts. Exchange recipes, share stories and improve your language skills.
Guide for refugees with information about Austria: trains, accommodation, maps, contacts.
Quote from the description in the Google Play Store:
“Welcome to all refugees in Austria! We made a small and useful app that helps you through your way to Germany and provides you with some information about our country and culture. Also you can find information about asylum, trains, translation and routing apps and how to get things done here!”
All necessary knowledge about the City of Dresden for refugees: Cities, states, authorities, daily life, public transport, legal advice, social service, asylum procedure, accommodation and much more. In English, French and Arabic.
OsmAND is a free OFFLINE maps and navigation! No internet connection needed! Just install the app and download very detailed offline maps of all countries worldwide.
Some of the main features listed in the description of the app (only listed the ones that might be relevant for refugees):
• Global maps from OpenStreetMap, available per country or region
• The maps include foot, hiking, and bike paths, great for outdoor activities
• Display your position and orientation on the map
• Save your most important places as Favorites
• Display POIs (point of interests) around you
• Can display satellite view (from Bing)
• Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling
• Share your location so that your friends can find you
• Optional public transport stops (bus, tram, train) including line names