Emmanuel Comte is Senior Research Fellow in the areas of Migrations and European Integration at CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. His research focuses on the history of European Integration and the history of migration in Europe since 1945. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, in History and International Relations, he holds a European Ph.D. summa cum laude in the History of Europe and of International Relations from Sorbonne University. His Ph.D. dissertation received the €2,000 Ph.D. dissertation prize from the French Ministry of Social Affairs. Before moving to Barcelona, he held successive academic positions at the European University Institute in Florence, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Vienna School of International Studies. He publishes scholarly outputs in English and in French. He speaks five languages, including French, English, Italian, German, and Spanish, and has some knowledge of Greek and Dutch.

He studies recent European history to find out when immigration generates disputes and when, by contrast, liberal migration arrangements can occur. He also aims to expand knowledge on European Integration by highlighting the role of Germany.

Emmanuel's book, The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony (Routledge, 2018), explores the origins of the international migration regime that has 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. On the basis of detailed archival enquiry, this book explains the internal openness of the European migration regime through the hegemonic 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 served to secure the rules of internal free movement within the Union, championed by the German government since the 1950s to promote its regional interests.

Emmanuel has investigated more specific issues in scientific articles and academic book chapters:

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