In this section we will gather important information, which will assist you with learning the German language, getting an overview of German history and the characteristics of German society. If you have any suggestion about specific missing information that helped you after your arrival, please share it with us: Write an e-mail to

German Language
App: “Ankommen” in Google Play Store
App: “Ankommen” in Apple Appstore
This App helps you with learning the German language, gives you an introduction on German society and its rules as well as helpful hints, which steps are to take after your arrival. It is available in five languages: German, English, Arabic, Farsi and French.
Welcome-ABC Illustrated presentation of the German ABC, available as PDF-file or app.
Booklet to learn German This booklet teaches simple words and phrases used in everyday life. It is available with subtitles in eight different languages: English, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Tigrinya, French and German.
Guide: German – Arabic A simple dictionary containing the most important words and phrases of everyday life.
Welcomegrooves Learn simple words, phrases and basics of German culture and society. The acompanying booklet is available in several languages.
Multimedia-based learning Linklist for multimedia-based learning of the German language. Here you can find video and audio files as well as social media communities.
German Society & Integration
Informational paper – What to do after your arrival in Germany Here you can find the most important steps you have to do to request (political) asylum in Germany after your arrival.
Germany – First information for refugees Introduction to German society in both German and Arabic language. Also available as application for your smartphone.
Brochure: Ankommen in NRW Information for your first steps in North Rhine-Westphalia. Gives an overview of the most important administrative necessities and regulations for refugees. The brochure is available in German, English, French, Farsi and Dari.
App: Wörter für den Beruf

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App: Learning specific words for the working environment. Covers the following fields: kitchen, cleaning, construction, warehouse, healthcare, measure and weight units.
Contacts for refugees in Schwerte
Arbeitskreis Asyl Tel. 0159 04355072
Arbeitskreis Asyl helps by connecting refugees with volunteering citizens, who can give advise concerning registration, language courses or house-hunting,
Volkshochschule Schwerte
Am Markt 11 Tel. 02304 104852
Central coordinator of our language and integration courses is Matthias Hein. Please contact him, if you have any questions.
Caritas-Verband Kreis Unna e.V.
Goethestr. 22 Tel. 02304 990074
Information center of the Caritas in Schwerte. Contact person for refugees: Michael Strauch.
Diakonie Schwerte
Kötterbachstr. 16 Tel. 02304 939323
Information center of the Diakonie in Schwerte. Contact person for refugees: Sandra Rabiega.
IQ Netzwerk NRW
Tel. 0201 3101100
Not every qualification, that has been achieved in a foreing country, is also accepted in Germany. The hotline of the IQ Network NRW gives advice, if your qualification may be approved and who is responsible for doing so.
refugee web portal of the municipality
refugee affairs of the municipality
On the municipal website you will find FAQ´s, further contacts and press releases.