Emmanuel Comte is a historian of late modern Europe, specializing in international migration questions. He is a Lecturer in European History at the Department of History of the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (2014) and graduated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2009).

Emmanuel Comte will soon publish a book on the formation of the European migration regime. Current debates around immigration in Europe have been as far-reaching as triggering the outcome of the recent Brexit referendum, along with major international cooperation to solve recurring migration crises in the Mediterranean. To understand the current situation, it is necessary to return to the formation of Europe’s migration regime at the time of the Cold War. The Formation of the European Migration Regime achieves this goal. The free movement of workers and people within the European Union, European citizenship, the Schengen agreements in their internal and external dimensions all developed gradually as major statecraft operations to solve Western Europe’s most pressing issues. Existing historiography considers that this regime was a result of repeated requests by emigration governments. Emmanuel Comte's book draws on exhaustive use of national and European archives in Paris, Berlin, Florence, and Brussels. The Formation of the European Migration Regime reveals that German geopolitical and geo-economic strategies during the Cold War shaped the formation of that original regime. The book demonstrates that the regime was part of a German strategy to stabilize and unify Western Europe diplomatically and militarily vis-à-vis the USSR and then Russia, to achieve German reunification and establish a new European order.

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