First steps in Germany and the German language

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A quick guide to germany

If you come from a different country or have a different cultural background, you might find some things in Germany confusing or unusual. Misunderstandings often cause problems, so some of us here have started a project to write a guide or "manual" for refugees arriving in Germany. This guide explains common German habits and conventions. It should help you to understand why people here behave the way they do and what they want to accomplish.

The guide has been translated into several languages - pick the one that suits you best:

This is a work in progress, so click on the link from time to time to check for updates.


Important phrases in several languages

Another project on the internet is the "refugee phrasebook"- see here for the online-document. This is a specialized multilingual dictionary that translates useful German words and phrases into English, Arabic, Urdu and several other languages.

Another source are the documents of the Flüchtlingshilfe München


Obtain a permit to work

If you came to Germany as an asylum seeker, you will need a permit to work. This flyer will give you information which regulations apply in obtaining a permit and how to apply for this permit.

The flyer in english

The flyer in french.

The flyer in arabic.



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