Rehabilitation, empowerment and integration of asylum seeking torture survivors

The project Rehabilitation, empowerment and integration of asylum seeking torture survivors“ was carried out from March 2016 to February 2018. The project was co-financed by the European Union under the Pilot Project/Preparatory Action on Victims of Torture program for 2015.



The project partners were assisting and supporting around 220 asylum seekers and refugees who are torture survivors in Croatia, Austria and Germany to overcome the consequences of traumatic experiences they survived while at the same time empowering them towards integration in the reception countries.


Underlying philosophy

The underlying philosophy of the interventions and activities in this project was that socio-economic integration of refugees surviving torture is at least an as much powerful rehabilitation-factor as psychological and medical treatments experts provide. Apart from providing conventional individual psychological counselling, psychotherapy and psycho-social support, the partners in this project  have been developing and piloting innovative short-term group interventions, based on solution-focused brief approach. Clients also had been offered to participate in various educative activities, including language learning and vocational training, and other group activities to facilitate interaction and integration in local communities.