Many thousands refugees in Berlin currently face the challenge to find them- selves in a completely new environment. For instance, they are looking for a doctor who speaks Arabic, German lessons for free or supermarkets offering food from their home countries. "Arriving in Berlin" is an interactive online map of Berlin, which gathers all these relevant contact points complemented with additional information in English, Arabic and Farsi. The map was develo- ped by four refugees staying at the Berliner Stadtmission in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
The map of "Arriving in Berlin" is a collaborative project which is designed to be expanded constantly by collective mapping. Using an open source tool useful data about each contact point is pinned on the map with color-coded flags. These pins are sorted by their type of information and contact point. In addition to doctors, German lessons and supermarkets, users will find additi- onal contact points, such as government agencies and counseling centers, law offices specialized in asylum, police stations, sports grounds, public transport stations and public places with free Wi-Fi or Internet. "Arriving in Berlin" falls into the same category as a growing number of digital self- organization projects in the context of refugee aid projects in Germany.