Smartphone on its own doesn’t replace food, water, shelter, but it offers a starting point.

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Imagine you’re a refugee leaving home for good. You’ll need help. What people are demanding, more and more, is not classic food, shelter, water, healthcare, but they demand wifi, said Melita Šunjić, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. As borders and routes constantly change, it becomes both more important and more difficult for refugees and aid organizations alike to share information. Access to technology, information and communication, Šunjić said, is beginning to be regarded as a basic of humanitarian aid. Simpler access to information and existing services can reduce barriers to integration. Very often, this approach can also be solved with practical apps that can be used at a smartphone, here you can fin some examples..

Migreat is a platform where you can find all the information you need to get started, settle down and go beyond in a new country - made easily accessible in your own language. You can select your community to get news, articles and help settling in. Connect to your local micro-community in your own language. Let Migreat's ever-growing social community help you find your new ground

Asylum in Serbia is an App that provide different informations about Reception centers, Centers for asylum, News, Asylum, rights and law, Service information, Important phone numbers and Dictionary. 

It’s benn developed by Asylum Protection Center is humanitarian organization which provides legal, psychological, social, and humanitarian and integration help.

The Refugee Aid App provides a single point for refugees to find information, connection and support and a single point for NGOs and charities to share their resources with refugees - location based. A web based content management and communication system will allow charities and NGOs to get their critical aid to where it is most urgently needed.

Google has announced the launch of a Crisis Info Hub to help refugees seeking asylum around the world by providing critical information for their journeys. The initiative aims to make information on issues such as transport and lodging easily accessible on smartphones.

Arriving in Berlin is a guide for newcomers, a map made by refugees. The map is especially meant to support refugees in answering question like: Where in Berlin do I find free counseling servicesfor refugees? Where can I attend free German classes? Where can I find a doctor who speaks Farsi? Where do I find a library to read, study or have access to the Internet? It has been developed collectively over the course of several months, during workshops, conversations and reflections, translated into English, Arabic and Farsi, and published online, using an open source mapping tool. The “content” of the maps is based on both the personal experience of the working group as well as pro-active research.

InfoAid is a small and simple application with low data usage, running on smartphones (currently only on Android, iOS in progress). After installation, current and important information checked by Migration Aid activists are displayed as messages, in the language selected by the user. InfoAid provides users with information in the following fields: what rules apply to them; where they can receive care, what is going on in transport; that it is safe to drink running water in Hungary; where and how they should buy train tickets; where they can receive medical care; how they should collect the waste they generate; where, when and why they have to register and what exactly it involves.