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Smartphones help save lives

Roger Ditter
November 17, 2015

Millions of people the world over have fled their homes. Often, their only information source is the internet. Apps help lead them to safe areas. And refugees can keep in touch with their families online.

Syrisches Flüchtlingspaar in Berlin
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Smartphones help save lives

Migrants get information about routes and border checks, among other things, from the internet. They can also keep in touch with their families back home. A Syrian refugee couple in Berlin talks about what apps and websites they turned to for help on their perilous journey. And to help newcomers adjust to life in Germany, there are Facebook groups like 'Syrisches Haus in Deutschland' as well as the DW project First Steps for Refugees.