Ankommen App (official app by German authorities)

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.

Google Play link:

Ankommen
Ankommen
Price: Free

Apple Store link:

Ankommen
Ankommen
Price: Free

 

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Love Europe Refugee App

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.

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Link to the Apple Store:

Love Europe
Love Europe
Developer: Recreate bv
Price: Free

Link to the Google Play Store:

Love Europe
Love Europe
Developer: Recreate bv
Price: Free
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therefugeecenter.org

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.

http://therefugeecenter.org/

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phase6 hallo Deutsch Kinder

“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.

Download in Google Play Store:

Download in Apple App Store:

phase6 hallo Deutsch Kinder
phase6 hallo Deutsch Kinder
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refunite.org

refunite.org is a webbased platform whose mission is to reconnect refugee families across the globe with missing loved ones.

Refunite is a fully independent nonprofit tech organization which empowers refugees to search for their missing relatives via mobile phone, computer or free help lines. To reach this aim, refunite collaborates with partners like Ericsson, mobile network operators and the United Nations.

Right now, refunite.org has projects in 9 countries: Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Philippines.

The website for search requests designed for mobile phones use: https://m.refunite.org/

Website of refunite for regular sized screens: https://refunite.org/

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InfoAid – Information for refugees on the Balkan Route

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.

Some of the reports are from the platform newsthatmoves.org.

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

Download from the Google Play Store:

InfoAid
InfoAid
Developer: Enys Mones
Price: Free
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w2eu.info

w2eu.info provides contacts and counselling to refugees and migrants on their way. Covered topics are Safety at Sea, Dublin III, Asylum, Work, Living, Legal Information, Medical Information and many more.

Countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Tunisia, United Kingdom.

Website: http://www.w2eu.info/

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Refugees-Welcome.net

Refugees-Welcome.net is a web plattform where supporters can offer their private rooms as accomodation for refugees. It not only focuses on the help for refugees but also on the cultural exchance and better integration of refugees.

Countries covered right now: Germany, Austria, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Poland, Italy.

Webseite: http://www.refugees-welcome.net/

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Refugeemap.com

refugeemapRefugeeMap.com is a web based custom Google Map with crowdsourced information on the current refugee crisis.  It helps volunteers to find out where they are needed and what the situation is at key Locations. The map monitors hot spots in varoius European countries, especially at their borders:

Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, France and Turkey.

 

Meaning of the map markers:

  • Red markers are most urgent.
  • Orange less urgent.
  • Yellow has people onsite, but everything ok.
  • Blue is informational or places where not enough info is available.

Website: http://www.RefugeeMap.com

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Hilfebuchen.de

Hilfebuchen.de is a web based, service, which connects people who want to help refugees with people who have work to be done. The plattform is located in Weiden, Germany. It offers language courses, important information for refugees, voluntary jobs, organizes donation campaigns, social intranet, accomodation and housing for refugees and more.
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Refugee Phrasebook interactive

Small translation app with about 1100 useful phrases for communication between refugees and supporters. More than 30 languages supported.

Works OFFLINE

Link to Google Play Store:

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RefuChat

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.

Normal version in Google Play Store:

RefuChat
RefuChat
Developer: Chili Consult
Price: Free

Lite version in Google Play Store:

RefuChat Lite
RefuChat Lite
Developer: Chili Consult
Price: Free

Link to Apple Apps Store:

RefuChat
RefuChat
Developer: Chili Consult UG
Price: Free

 

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first-contact.org

first-contact.org is a really great website which provides refugees with essential information during their journey.

It covers data and information about NGOs and situation reports about all countries in Asia an Europe, refugees might pass.
Countries covered: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Greece.
Available in Arabic, English and Pashto.
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LAGeSoNUM

LAGeSoNUM is a web service, where refugees can check if there waiting number at LAGeSo Berlin has already been called.

(LAGeSo – “Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales” – is the office in Berlin where refugees have to register. There have been long queues recently which forced refugees to wait several days in front of the building.)
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Speakfree

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.
Link to Apple Store:
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speakfree
speakfree
Developer: speakfree Inc.
Price: Free
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Google Drive

Great tool to store all you important documents in the cloud! Perfect in combination with CamScanner or Scanbot.

Link to the Apple Store:

Link to the Google Play Store:

Google Drive
Google Drive
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

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Alles klar by Memorando

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.

For refugees:

• 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!”

Link to Google Play Store:

Memorado - Alles Klar
Memorado - Alles Klar
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Refugermany

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”
Link to Google Play Store:
Refugermany
Refugermany
Developer: Memorado GmbH
Price: Free
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Integreat

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.

Works OFFLINE

Integreat
Integreat
Developer: Tür an Tür
Price: Free
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Refoodgee

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.

 

Link to Google Play Store:

Refoodgee
Refoodgee
Developer: Memorado GmbH
Price: Free
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Scanbot

Scan all you important documents with your smartphone and store them as PDF local or in the cloud! Free App and free storage. Works also great in combination with Google Drive!

Similar app: CamScanner

 

Link to the Apple Store:

Scanner for Fax & QR Codes
Scanner for Fax & QR Codes
Developer: doo GmbH
Price: Free+

Link to Google Play Store:

Scanbot - PDF Document Scanner
Scanbot - PDF Document Scanner

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CamScanner

Scan all you important documents with your smartphone and store them as PDF in the cloud! Free App and free storage. Works also great in combination with Google Drive!

 

Link to the Apple Store:

CamScanner
CamScanner

Link to Google Play Store:

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Informationen für Flüchtlinge (Information for refugees)

Guide for Arabic speaking refugees in Germany. Basic Information about the country and its internal organisation.

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Hope Austria

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!”

 

Link to Google Play Store:

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Welcome App Dresden

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.

Suited for OFFLINE use.

 

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