What is Handbook Germany?

Handbook Germany is an information platform for newcomers in four different languages: Arabic, English, Farsi, and German. Life in Germany isn’t easy. So much immigration bureaucracy and so many things you need to know in order to study and work! This is why we’re here: our aim is to make all information available to you, in your own language, which you need to start a new life in Germany.

Handbook Germany is a project of Neue deutsche Medienmacher (a German media NGO), Deutsche Telekom AG and Adobe Systems. It is funded by the Federal Officer for Migration, Refugees and Integration.

Why do you provide information in seven languages?

We aspire to provide reliable information about life in Germany for as many people as possible. Therefore, Handbook Germany is now available in seven languages: German, English, Arabic and Farsi (online since 01.02.2017), as well as French, Pashto and Turkish (online since 16.04.2018). That means  87 per cent of the newcomers from the top ten countries of origin who applied for asylum in Germany in 2017 can benefit from our content in their native languages (or the official languages of their countries of origin).

How can I be sure your information is correct?

Our team consists of professional journalists. Some of us come from Afghanistan, Iran and Syria. Our experience of the hardships newcomers often face in Germany is not far from yours. And we continuously fact-check and re-evaluate the accuracy and precision of the information we collect and present. To this end, we work together with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), various German federal ministries and relevant NGOs.

How can I give you feedback?

If you’re interested in a specific topic, tell us on Facebook or via email. We will put it on our editorial plan and try to cover it as soon as possible. If there is anything you would like to see improved, don’t hesitate to let us know. We want to provide information which really helps, so your feedback is important to us.

How can I work with you?

We are continually looking for protagonists for our information videos. If you have specific knowledge in a field, e.g. studying at university or setting up a company in Germany, and would like to be featured in one of our videos, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Are you a professional journalist and would like to contribute to our platform? Look out for job openings which we generally publish on the Facebook pages of Handbook Germany, Neue deutsche Medienmacher as well as on the website of the latter. 

Can you help me with my asylum case?

At handbookgermany.de, you will find all the essential information you need regarding asylum in Germany, from applying for asylum to possible options after a rejection. Please understand, however, that we are not lawyers and therefore cannot offer case-specific advice. In our local information chapter, you will find counselling centres in your area, where you can seek counselling regarding your specific issues.

Can you help me relocate to Germany?

On handbookgermany.de, you will also find information about obtaining a visa and coming to Germany. In our chapter "Migration to Germany," you will find all vital information and counselling centres which you can contact for your questions.

 

How can I contact you?

If you have a very specific question or are looking for information that is not provided on our website, you can get in touch with us via Facebook or email (info@handbookgermany.de). If you are working for an NGO, media, association or charity and wish to cooperate with us, please email us at info@handbookgermany.de.