Android App: Arriving in Berlin – A Map Made by Refugees

The project Arriving in Berlin – a map made by refugees now has a mobile follow-up: The Arriving in Berlin App. It contains helpful information for refugees and newcomers to Berlin such as where to find language courses, advisory centers, doctors, free WiFi networks and much more.

The Arriving in Berlin App is free and available in Arabic, German, English, Farsi, French and Sorani/Kurdish. It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store to use on Android smartphones versions 5.0 and higher (

The app is based on the project Arriving in Berlin – a map made by refugees by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Haus Leo (Berliner Stadtmission). The project began in the summer of 2015 with one objective: to use a collectively compiled map to develop personal perspectives of the city or neighborhood. This digital map can be found at .

Najlaa Ibrahim, a teacher from Syria, Hamidullah Ehrari, an urban planner from Afghanistan and the Afghan translator Mohammad Yari were part of the team that now have made the collected data available via the Arriving in Berlin App:What does it mean to arrive in a city like Berlin for the first time? What is it like for refugees who not only have to face everyday questions of urban life, but also fundamental challenges? Who can help me if I do not understand how the asylum procedure works? Where can I find a pediatrician for my daughter? Where are there places for further training and employment, for family and recreation?

The development of the Arriving in Berlin App makes the handling of the map material even simpler: The map data are optimized for viewing on mobile devices, the app can be used offline and with the GPS and navigation function, it makes finding locations considerable easier.

The project Arriving in Berlin is part of the Berlin Mondiale Initiative. Haus der Kulturen der Welt in cooperation with Refugees on Rails are responsible for the app development. The project received support from the Verein der Freunde – Haus der Kulturen der Welt e.V.
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