TRAIVR Training of Refugee Offenders by Virtual Reality


Training of Refugee Offenders by Virtual Reality



The TRAIVR project aims to provide rehabilitation through a training programme based on virtual reality (VR) aimed at refugee probationers with drug addiction problems. This virtual reality programme will help them to improve their coping skills, namely problem-solving and emotional regulation skills. Virtual reality offers a better learning opportunity for adults while respecting confidentiality; moreover, it overcomes the language barrier cost-effectively since the same VR scenario can be adapted to different languages.



• Develop a virtual reality (VR) programme aimed at supporting the rehabilitation process of refugee probationers who suffer from drug addictions;

• Promote VR technology in teaching coping skills and adapt the training programme to probation settings as a new methodology;

• Bridge the language barrier that could be preventing better results in training and rehabilitating refugees under probation measures.


Expected outcomes

• Research and report on needs and issues arising from language barriers in the refugee rehabilitation system (Turkey);

• Literature review on the best implementation structure and methodology using virtual reality technology for drug users in rehabilitation (global);

• Development of a manual for writing virtual reality scenarios;

• A virtual reality training programme in life skills, such as stress management, coping techniques and emotional regulation;

– Pilot programme (in English, Turkish and Portuguese) applied to 15 subjects in Portugal and Turkey.

• Creation of a methodology for the use of VR technology in probation environments in the case of rehabilitation of refugee offenders suffering from substance abuse problems;

• Structuring of a training programme for trainers aimed at probation officers responsible for the rehabilitation of refugees under probation measures;

• Assessment of the change in skills targeted by the virtual reality training programme.



Baskent University, Turkey



IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal
Ankara Probation Directorate, Ministry of Justice, Turkey
European Strategies Consulting, Romania
Virtual Bodyworks S.L., Catalonia, Spain



Erasmus+ (European Commission)

KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (KA204 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education)



01/09/2020 – 28/02/2023 (30 months)

Innovating the training and rehabilitation of refugee offenders with drug problems through virtual reality technology.

Offender Rehabilitation, Special Needs, Information Technology, Training & Development

Turkey, Portugal, Romania

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