This guide is meant for visitors to Germany, refugees and future citizens. Its aim is to give orientation at the very beginning of their stay in Germany. With regard to refugees, this guide aims to provide useful information in times when they cannot yet participate in the integration courses and German classes offered by the government.
As of September 2015, the BAMF (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge) does not provide any guide for this purpose.The guide is available in different languages with illustrations where possible. It is available online with the option of printing it for distribution. A printed booklet may become available at a later date.
The sole purpose of this guide is to provide useful information. However, it is understood that this guide could also be perceived as arrogant or pejorative. This possible interpretation is constantly and critically reflected in this project.
The concept and the content of this guide has been designed and compiled with the support of many people (people from e.g. Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine; people who recently immigrated to Germany; people who are currently refugees etc.). It was of utmost importance to involve refugees in designing this guide. When discussing this project with refugees, it was particularly debated if such a guide would be perceived as conveying an arrogant or pejorative attitude. The refugees explicitly alleviated this concern and to the contrary, they asked for information like this.