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


Emmanuel Comte's book The Formation of the European Migration Regime will be published by Routledge later this year in their Studies in Modern European History. This book explains why the international migration regime in Europe has taken after the Second World War a path different from both the global migration regime and the migration regimes in other regions of the world. The free movement of people within the European Union, European citizenship, the Schengen agreements in their internal and external dimensions are unique at the global level both for the openness they create within Europe and for the closure they produce toward migrants from outside Europe. This book reveals how German geopolitical and geo-economic strategies during the Cold War shaped the openness of that original regime. This regime resulted from the necessity for Germany after the Second World War to create in Western Europe a stable international order, conducive to German reunification, the roll back of Russian influence from Central Europe, and German economic expansion.


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