Refugee Aid App is a smartphone application that collects information required by asylum seekers in Europe. The application indicates the closest available services on an easy-to-use digital map, from soup kitchens to legal aid, places to sleep and medical assistance.
The app has been developed by the company Trellyz and is the brainchild of founder and CEO Shelley Taylor. "I was struck, like many other people, by the refugee crisis," she said in an interview with Mashable. "In Europe, it's much more prominent. In Italy, just looking out over the sea where I am, there are people who have been drowning trying to get to Europe, to safety. And so I was impacted by the horrible images, and just felt a sense of frustration."
She created the product over a single weekend and it now connects migrants and refugees with over 400 organisations all over the world, including Doctors without Borders, Save the Children, Caritas, the Red Cross, IOM and ARCI.
Downloadable in 14 countries
The app, available for Android and iOs, enables organisations working with migrants and asylum seekers to give them updated information about their services where they are needed most. It can be downloaded in the US, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Malta.
The situation concerning migrants "is not a crisis. This is irrational fear," Taylor told the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). "We need to make people feel welcome. They would never have left their country if they weren't leaving something truly awful behind them. There are a ton of amazing organisations out there. Their services need to be put in front of people in order to make them feel secure."