Christophe BERTOSSI

Senior research fellow (PhD Habil.) and Director of the Center for Migration and Citizenship


Christophe BERTOSSI is the director of the Centre for Migrations and Citizenship at the Ifri. He gained his Habilitation (HDR) in 2013 at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and his PhD in Political Sciences in 2000 at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence (France).

He was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick (UK) between 2001 and 2003, and a visiting fellow at the New York University (2009), the Institute for Advanced Studies-Collegium in Lyon (2010), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Göttingen (2015). He lectured at Sciences Po between 2006 and 2014. He has co-ordinated several international collaborative research projects on citizenship and ethnicity, notably with the Washington University in St-Louis, the American Sociological Association, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

His publications include : Les frontières de la citoyenneté en Europe : nationalité, résidence, appartenance (L'Harmattan, 2001) ; European Anti-Discrimination and the Politics of Citizenship: France and Britain (Palgrave, 2007) ; Les couleurs du drapeau : les militaires issus de l'immigration (Robert Laffont, 2007, with Catherine Wihtol de Wenden) ; As Cruzadas da Integraçao na Europa (Principia, 2012), European States and their Muslim Citizens (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with John R. Bowen, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Mona Krook), and La citoyenneté à la française: valeurs et réalités (CNRS Editions, 2016).

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By: Christophe BERTOSSI, Vincent THOUVENIN

For a long time, French and British integration policies have formed two mutually exclusive paradigms. Based on ideological elements introduced by the French Revolution, French citizenship refuses any ethno-racial based distinction in the public sphere. In comparison with this conception of...


For a long time, French military with migration background have been counting on the army to erase the social and cultural prejudice they have been suffering. But are they really military as others or are they constituing a specific population? Does the French army offers the opportunity for...


At the end of 2005, the policy response to the suburban riots in France pointed to the so-called anti-integration attitudes of migrants, whose identities were highlighted as the core problem facing their social, cultural and political integration into French society. As a matter of fact,...


The EU anti-discrimination agenda, as set out by the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, has become a major issue for understanding the future of citizenship in Europe. This timely collection, which features internationally renowned contributors, including Andrew Geddes, Etienne Balibar, Stephen Castles...


The identities issue still does not find a legitimite place in the debates on the future of the french republican model. At the time of questionning the integration models in most of european immigration countries, the french model should now answer the question: How french citizenship should...

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