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Claire Ellis

Operations Coordinator and Researcher
Education PhD, Ryerson University

Claire Ellis is Operations Coordinator and Researcher at CERC Migration. She has over a decade of experience in project and program coordination, working across multiple settings including not-for-profit organizations, international research teams, government and community advocacy. Previously, Claire has coordinated several programs at Ryerson including onBoard Canada, Global Diversity Exchange, and The Chang School’s Gateway Programs for Internationally Educated Professionals.  

Claire also brings specialized knowledge and experience in immigration and refugee research and policy. She holds an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies and is currently a PhD Candidate in Policy Studies (Migration Stream). Her doctoral research critically analyses the use of digital border and surveillance policy instruments in Canadian responses to refugee claimant onward mobility. She also works with a research team examining the nature, scope, and human rights impacts of Canadian border control, externalization, and detention practices on migrants and refugee claimants.

Recent Publications:

(2020) COVID-19: Canada locks its gates to asylum seekers, external linkOpen Democracy. 

(2020) In Review: The Politics of Compassion: Immigration and Asylum Policy, external link, The Migration Initiative.

Atak, I., & Alrob, Z.A. (2020) Expanding refugee ineligibility: Canada’s response to secondary refugee movements, external linkJournal of Refugee Studies.