Emmanuel Comte is a historian of Europe and of International Relations. He is a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He conducted his PhD research at the Department of History of the Université Paris-Sorbonne, from 2009 to 2014, defending his PhD in May 2014. From 2004 to 2009, Emmanuel Comte did his Bachelor and Master studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, in European History and International Relations.

Emmanuel Comte has submitted a book manuscript on the formation of the European migration regime, based on his PhD dissertation. The Formation of the European Migration Regime investigates how a regime to govern international migration movements has been formed in Europe since World War II. The European migration regime displays openness, easier access to employment, recognition of qualifications, exportable social security benefits, and certain civic rights for migrants within Europe; closure towards migration from outside Europe is also a characteristic feature. This book reveals how German geopolitical and geo-economic strategies shaped the formation of that original regime. Previous studies have implied that the European migration regime has been formed as a result of repeated requests on the part of the Italian government. Emmanuel Comte moves the focus from emigration states towards immigration states, in particular the Federal Republic of Germany and France. By doing so, his book helps elucidate why the migration regime has taken a different course in Europe, showing how the specificity of the German strategy explains its unique characteristics.

Emmanuel Comte is also currently developing research on the theme: "Conflict Cycles: Immigration from Poor Countries, Labour Conflicts, and Policy Responses in France, 1962-2011."

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