Emmanuel Comte is a historian of European Integration and migration in Europe since 1945. He is a Senior Research Fellow at CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, and a Professorial Lecturer at the Vienna School of International Studies. His investigation of recent European history aims to find out when immigration generates conflicts and when liberal migration arrangements can occur. Highlighting the role of Germany should also provide, he believes, a better explanation of European Integration.
Emmanuel's book, The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony (Routledge, 2018), explores the origins of the migration rules that have prevailed within the European Union since the 1990s. With the free movement of people, European citizenship, and the Schengen agreements, the European migration regime has been in the global governance of migration a peculiar case, characterised by a high degree of internal openness and a high degree of external closure. Based on detailed archival inquiry, this book explains the opportunity to migrate within the European Union through the role played by Germany. The German economy has stabilised migration flows in Europe during most decades in the past half-century. By doing so, it has secured the rules of internal free movement within the Union, championed by the German government since the 1950s to promote its regional interests.
Emmanuel has also published scholarly articles in English or French on a variety of subjects, including the beginnings of the Cold War and European Integration, the external relations of the European Union, and the conflicts between immigrants and local workers.
He was previously a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research fellow at the Vienna School of International Studies.
Emmanuel entered the École normale supérieure in Paris, where he graduated in History in 2007 and earned a graduate degree in History and International Relations in 2009. He received a European PhD summa cum laude in the History of Europe and International Relations from Sorbonne University in 2014, with a prize-winning thesis titled "The Formation of the European Migration Regime, 1947–1992".
Emmanuel speaks five languages, including French, English, Italian, German, and Spanish, and has some grasp of Greek and Dutch. He enjoys an international life in various corners of Europe—even in COVID times.
Dr Emmanuel Comte
Senior Research Fellow
CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
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