Claire Dennis is a first-year MPA who is interested in climate-induced migration and displacement. Estimates of climate refugees by 2050 range from 200 million to 1.2 billion. Claire wants to utilize public policy to proactively facilitate mobility and resettlement through a lens of environmental justice and economic opportunity.
Before Princeton, Claire worked at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador to expand temporary work visa programs offering Salvadoran agricultural workers seasonal positions in the U.S. The impacts of climate change have cost the Salvadoran economy an estimated $2.2 billion in lost productivity, particularly in agriculture. Migration is often a direct result of environmental degradation, and Claire believes increased mobility can be a key policy solution to the climate crisis ahead.