© Tanja Cappell / Creative Commons
© Tanja Cappell / Creative Commons

A smartphone is one of the most important tools for a refugee. Here are some useful smartphone apps.

Refugees Welcome offers private rooms and accomodation to refugees in Germany:  http://net.fluechtlinge-willkommen.de/

Refugermany helps you with finding a house, job, bank account and other basic information for life in Germany.  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.memorado.welcomeGuide

The Ankommen app is ideal for you in your first weeks in Germany and getting to know the culture. It will help you with the basics of the German language  and provides information on asylum. It is available in English, French, German, Persian and Arabic: https://ankommenapp.de/?lang=en

The Love Europe app will help you find places in Germany or Switzerland to do activities (such as sports,  board games, German courses etc.) and meet people. Other features can help you wireless internet, public transportation etc. The goal of the app is to help refugees feel at home. Here is a link: http://love-europe.org/de/love-europe-app/

Another app called Ghrebtna is aimed at Syrian refugees living in Turkey, and can help with the asylum process, finding  a job, getting health insurance, learning Turkish language etc. Here's a link to download the app (in Arabic): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=namaa.ghrbtna.syria&hl=de

Infoaid is an app from Hungary that provides up-to-date information and a phrasebook for those on the Balkan route It shows which countries are opening and closing their borders as well as threats to safety: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.migrationaid.infoaid&hl=en

The Refugeeaid app can help you find aid organizations such as the Red Cross, Caritas etc. It can be used to find organizations in many European countries such as the UK, Belgium, France, Croatia etc. Here is a link to learn more:http://refugeeaidapp.com/

Bureaucrazy is an app for refugees dealing with the German government that makes it easier to know which documents you need and which offices you have to go to get support as a refugee. It can help you especially with filling out forms that in German. It's still in development but will likely make the application process for asylum much easier. Here's an article from DW to learn more: http://www.dw.com/en/refugees-solve-german-bureaucracy-with-new-app/a-19463744

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