Pairity’s mission is to address the twin challenges of promoting and measuring refugee integration through community sponsorship programs.
We achieve this by combining a unique matching system, end-to-end programming support, and scholarly research. In short, we provide organizations with a method for matching community support and sponsorship groups with refugee newcomers.
Pairity is based, in part, on lessons from Canada’s private sponsorship model, which has contributed to integration, social cohesion, and positive attitudes toward refugees. Parity’s inventor, Dr. Craig Damian Smith, has extensive experience in both scholarly research and making connections. In 2016 he co-founded Together Project in Toronto, which connects volunteer groups with under-serviced refugee newcomers.
Parity’s programming starts and ends with the goal of generating data, allowing us to move beyond anecdotal evidence and to show how community sponsorship models can lead to better refugee integration and social cohesion with receiving communities.
After our successful pilot program in The Netherlands, we aim to scale to communities throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada, or anywhere interested in the promise of community sponsorship.
Our adaptable platform was designed to be cost-effective and easy to implement, with low barriers for participation. It empowers organizations, volunteers, and newcomers.
Implementation relies on the expertise and capacities of established local partners. We offer consultations with experts in programme development, volunteer recruitment and training, and working with refugee communities.
Using best practices from social science – including randomization, control groups, and objective matching criteria – means we can generate context-specific evidence, a comparative dataset, and an ever-more responsive matching algorithm.
Pairity generates quantitative and qualitative data about the effects of social networks on refugee integration and social cohesion with receiving societies. We believe this evidence is crucial to globally scale community sponsorship programs.
While anecdotal evidence abounds for the positive impacts of social ties on integration, and a large body of research exists for variation between jurisdictions and cohorts of refugee newcomers, well-designed interventions among specific cohorts are lacking. Pairity aims to fill this gap, optimize our matching system, and develop new partnerships around the world.