The German government has launched a new smartphone app to help asylum seekers integrate into their new homelands. Known Ankommen (“Check”), the Android app is available for free, in Google Play Store launches for iOS and soon, according to their website . Ankommen jointly developed by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the Federal Employment Office, the Goethe Institute and the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the public radio and television station.
The application is available in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, German, and does not require an Internet connection. It also includes a German language course, as well as information on the asylum application process and how to find a job or vocational training. Applied also offers information about German values and social practices, tips from other non-Germans who live in the country.
Germany was over one million, Asylum seekers last year, many fled the war-torn countries such as Syria and Afghanistan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has adopted an open door policy for refugees, although the government has come under increased control, after a spate of attacks on women in a New Year’s Eve in Cologne. More than 500 complaints were made after the incident, many claiming sexual assault, and 19 suspects have been arrested. 10 of them are asylum seekers, the Government of announced this week. The attacks caused anti-refugee protests Cologne and Leipzig weekend, and the German government has described plans accelerate deportations those who violate the law.
Several applications have been launched to help refugees integrate in recent months, including one in particular eat Dresden , which has been a hotbed of anti-immigrant protests. Thousands of activists have approached crowdfunding and other online initiatives to help refugees find housing or jobs. Developers say the back Ankommen app is updated regularly to keep pace with changes in policy or other events. Susanne Poelchau, editorial Bayerischer Rundfunk, says Der Tagesspiegel that gender equality was part of the app, after the attacks of Cologne.