Fraunhofer IESE and Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency organize refugee project

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Where can refugees attend German classes? And which regulations apply for them to work and study in Germany? Since April 2016, the participants of the model project “Refugees programming for refugees” at the initial reception facility in Hermeskeil are pursuing these and other questions. In the context of this project, they have used their IT skills to design a website by refugees for refugees. Fraunhofer IESE and the Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency are supporting the young men in their work.

Under the supervision of Pablo Miangolarra, a Spanish employee of Fraunhofer IESE, the participants have collected useful information for refugees in Germany and have published it on a website set up for this purpose. The contributions are aimed at providing support for the first steps in Germany. The refugees involved in the project come from Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, and the Central African Republic. The texts on their website are written in English and Arabic. Miangolarra, who coaches the participants in IT-related issues, is enthusiastic about the cooperation: “The project is an enriching experience and the participants contribute their different competencies and backgrounds very well.”

The goal of the project was to help refugees master everyday challenges with the help of digital offers. The original idea of developing a digital blackboard for initial reception facilities quickly turned into a concept for the website. After four months, the volunteer project will end for Fraunhofer IESE on 31 July 2016; the results, however, will persist with the website, which the institute will now transfer to the Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency. In order to enable refugees to find the site even easier, the address name was simplified this week: The Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency will promote the new address among the residents of the initial reception facility in Hermeskeil via newsletter and social media.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems engineering methods. A major portion of the products offered by its customers is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems via automation and plant engineering, energy management, information systems and health care to software systems for the public sector. The institute’s software and systems engineering approaches are scalable, which makes Fraunhofer IESE a competent technology partner for organizations of any size from small companies to major corporations.

Under the leadership of Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dieter Rombach, the contributions of Fraunhofer IESE have been a major boost to the emerging IT hub Kaiserslautern for close to twenty years. In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, the institute is cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes to develop trend-setting key technologies for the future.

Fraunhofer IESE is one of 68 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Together they have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany’s competitiveness in international markets.