• The Inner West Council in Sydney has partnered with the Asylum Seekers Centre to launch a new app aimed at assisting new refugees who in Australian. (Digital Vision / Getty Image)Source: Digital Vision / Getty Image
Sydney's Inner West Council wants to connect newly arrived refugees with information and services that will help them feel included in their new community.
Shami Sivasubramanian

24 Nov 2016 - 2:31 PM  UPDATED 24 Nov 2016 - 3:09 PM

The Inner West Council in Sydney has partnered with the Asylum Seekers Centre to create a new app aimed at assisting refugees who have recently settled in Australian.

The app, tentatively titled ‘Arrival App’ is still under construction. The Inner West Council will enlist the help of volunteers to help develop the new app and its potential features this month.

It is expected to include information about services and places in the local community and work as "a communication tool that will enhance social cohesion and inclusion by connecting refugees and asylum seekers to their community,” according to a public statement by the Inner West Council.

However, Arrival App will not be the first app designed to aid newly settled refugees here in Australia.

In January, Settlement Services International teamed up with Beyond Blue to launch New Roots, an app to help refugees better navigate their new life in this country.

The app features tips for better managing money, contacting emergency services, as well as food and health resources, too. It comes in a range of languages including Farsi, Tamil, Arabic, and English.

In other countries, apps like Norway’s EduApp4Syria and Germany’s Ankommen (which means ‘arrive’ in German) are more commonplace. 

The Arrival App will launch next year. 

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