The creators of a new smartphone app designed for Syrian refugees arriving in Germany are hoping it will make the transition to a new life easier.
Available in Arabic, German and English, ‘Welcome to Germany’ was developed by two Dresden-based companies, whose founder, Viola Klein, says she realised there was a real need for answers among the refugees she met through her charity work.
“Who can I call when I need help? Where can I learn German? How do you apply for asylum? What happens when I apply? What documents do I need to bring? What questions are they going to ask? All these important things. And where can I turn when I need more information?,” were just some of the questions according to her.
The app gives refugees information on all of these things and more, like basic German law or where to get food. The aim is to make the information accessible to a newcomer who may be unfamiliar with a country’s customs, laws and regulations.
Ahmet Mohammed is a 25-year-old refugee from Aleppo: “It’s a very good app,” he says. “It contains a lot of information that is important to know for refugees who arrive here in Germany from Syria. The laws here in Germany are very different from the laws in Syria and this app contains a lot of information that will help refugees in their everyday life.”
Germany takes in more asylum seekers than any other EU country. More than 200,000 applications were made last year and authorities expect numbers to double in 2015.