The idea

The idea behind handbookgermany.de

Handbookgermany.de is an information platform from communities for communities of refugees and newcomers. We want to work closely together with our target group. We do not want to work FOR, but WITH the people who visit our site. Not only refugees and newcomers, but also people who live in Germany since a long time, find useful information on handbookgermany.de.

Our multilingual editorial team bundles existing information. Through direct access to the communities of new arriving people in Germany, we can spread reliable information.

There are a lot of native-speaking groups on Facebook, What's App, Instagram, blogs and Twitter which are being used actively, often as a form of self-help. However, imprecise and in parts also incorrect information have been exchanged in these groups as well. On handbookgermany.de we provide first-hand trustworthy information.

We provide information about basic knowledge on live, learnwork, asylumrights and laws in Germany. "What protection status counts for me?" and "Where can my child go to school?" are typical questions that we can answer quickly and easily. Even detailed questions, such as "How to get a German driving license?", "What is the Dublin Procedure?” and "How can I finance my studies?" will be answered.

Especially local information are important for all people, the ones who just arrived and also people who live in Germany since a while. It is a central topic on handbookgermany.de and supported by the search engine local.handbookgermany.de.

How we work

handbookgermany.de is mainly adjusted for the usage with smartphones. A simple and completely intuitive handling is essential. We stand for short texts, compability with social media channels and easy accessible information. Our tools are short videos in several languages.

During their research of reliable information, users concentrate on different “hotspots” for information and communication such as Facebook or What’s App groups, blogs or Twitter. That’s why handbookgermany.de will provide and share information especially on those channels.

Neue deutsche Medienmacher (NdM/ “New German media professionals”) are responsible for the concept and editorial content of handbookgermany.de. The NdM is an association of media professionals with and without migration background, campaigning for more diversity in the media and supporting journalists in exile.

Handbookgermany.de is a project financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. The construction and operation of handbookgermany.de is realized in collaboration with our partners Telekom and Adobe.