A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Great comments, but by far, Rotterdam is more ethnically diverse than Amsterdam (35-40% ethnically non-Dutch). There are various migrant community social clubs from all parts of the world, religious as well as non-religious. The only down-side to the non-religious ones is that most require a membership fee, which sortof gives the impression of a "pay-to-play" mentality. Sad, but difficult to do without. Through most official channels you won't easily find the free clubs of people who just want to hang out, and find some recognition and acceptance. I find that it's so important to hook up with people in similar situations, and then branch out from there.
Biggest plus to Rotterdam: great parks and festivals!