Waste separation, certified copy, Schufa information ‒ or the constantly new scientific findings and regulations relating to COVID-19. Even native speakers can lose track of what’s going on. How will new immigrants fare then? Answers to the big and small questions of everyday life, but also important facts and information about the rampant COVID-19 pandemic, are provided by handbookgermany.de, an information portal that explains the many implicit and explicit rules of the Federal Republic to immigrants from third countries, i.e., refugees and people who, as specialists, come to Germany to study or as part of family reunification.
Behind handbookgermany.de are the New German Media Makers, a nationwide independent association of journalists who campaign for more diversity in the media. Supported by the digitization partner T-Systems MMS and supported by the Integration Commissioner of the Federal Government, the international editorial team has been accompanying people on their way into everyday German life since 2017. What makes it special: Instead of cumbersome official German, users will find understandable information not only in German and English, but also in Arabic and Farsi, French, Turkish and Pashto, the mother tongues of many newcomers.
In its search for future-oriented content solutions, it found a strong partner in Adobe who supported the project with tools and web services from the digital government portfolio. “We at Adobe are very pleased to be able to contribute to the fact that people are supported by technology when they make a new start in Germany and thus receive individual assistance that facilitates integration,” explains Christoph Kull, VP & MD, Adobe Central Europe.