Asher Hirsch

Refugee Council of Australia

Asher is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. His work involves research, policy and advocacy on national issues impacting refugee communities. He is also completing a PhD at Monash University in refugee and human rights law. His PhD investigates the legality of Australia's disruption and deterrence activities in Southeast Asia, which aim to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australian territory and seeking protection. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Human Rights Law, and a Juris Doctor.

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6 Mar 2018

On 15 November 2017, the National Symposium: Seeking Asylum and Higher Education was hosted by Melbourne Social Equity Institute. This report highlights some of the main advocacy priorities and suggestions raised by participants at the symposium and offers some next steps to take on this...

Policy report

3 Dec 2015

People seeking asylum have constantly expressed to RCOA their keen desire to improve their English and to undertake further education in order to contribute to Australia. There are currently around 30,000 asylum seekers living in Australia who arrived by boat and are waiting to have...

Policy report

3 Oct 2015

Citizenship provides refugees with a sense of meaningful security and protection, and better enables them to sponsor family members for Australian visas and travel to visit family. This research raises serious questions about discrimination in access to citizenship for refugees who came by boat to...

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