Christophe BERTOSSI

Former Senior Research Fellow and Director of Ifri's Center for Migration and Citizenship

Research Interests:

  • Populism, nativism and nationalism
  • Diversity, labour relations, and trade unions
  • Islam and secularism in public institutions
  • Theories of international migration
  • Global governance of migration


Christophe Bertossi was the Director of the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri's Center for Migration and Citizenship from 20211 to 2021. He holds a PhD in political science (Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence, 2000) and is habilitated to conduct research in political science (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, 2013).

Christophe Bertossi was a Marie Curie research fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick in Great Britain between 2001 and 2003 and a visiting research fellow at New York University (2009), the Institute for Advanced Study-Collegium de Lyon (2010), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Cultural and Religious Diversity in Göttingen (2015). He was also a "Rector's Fellow" at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Netherlands (NIAS) (2020). His publications include: La citoyenneté à la française: valeurs et réalités (Editions du CNRS, 2016); European States and their Muslim Citizens. The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with John Bowen, Jan Willem Duyvendak and Mona Lena Krook); As Cruzadas da Integraçao na Europa (Principia, 2012); Les couleurs du drapeau: les militaires français issus de l'immigration (Robert Laffont, 2007, with C. Wihtol de Wenden), and European Anti-Discrimination and the Politics of Citizenship: France and Britain (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).

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By: Christophe BERTOSSI, Dorothée PRUD'HOMME

"Diversity" is a structuring dimension of healthcare institutions in France today. Public and private hospitals employ a very socially and culturally diversified staff, to which they offer upward social mobility opportunities. This diversity constitutes an asset, which allows healthcare...

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 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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