Asher Hirsch

Asher Hirsch 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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Briefing paper

After the boats have stopped: refugees stranded in Indonesia and Australia’s containment policies

This brief provides an overview of Australia’s role in stopping refugees leaving Indonesia en route to Australia, and highlights the precarious situation refugees now face in Indonesia.
Policy report

Barriers to education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas

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

Delays in citizenship applications for permanent refugee visa holders

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...