Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Peter Scholten, Maurice Crul, Paul van de Laar
    Pages 1-18 Open Access
  3. Superdiversity in Rotterdam

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Paul van de Laar, Arie van der Schoor
      Pages 21-55 Open Access
    3. Maurice Crul, Frans Lelie, Elif Keskiner
      Pages 57-71 Open Access
    4. Marianne van Bochove, Jack Burgers
      Pages 73-83 Open Access
  4. Rotterdam’s Response to Superdiversity

  5. Rotterdam in Comparative Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Han Entzinger
      Pages 173-189 Open Access
    3. Maurice Crul, Frans Lelie
      Pages 191-207 Open Access
    4. Warda Belabas, Jasper Eshuis
      Pages 209-223 Open Access
    5. Maurice Crul, Peter Scholten, Paul van de Laar
      Pages 225-235 Open Access
    6. Steven Vertovec
      Pages 237-241 Open Access

About this book


This open access book discusses Rotterdam as clear example of a superdiverse city that is only reluctantly coming to terms with this new reality. Rotterdam, as is true for many post-industrial cities, has seen a considerable backlash against migration and diversity: the populist party Leefbaar Rotterdam of the late Pim Fortuyn is already for many years the largest party in the city. At the same time Rotterdam has become a majority minority city where the people of Dutch descent have become a numerical minority themselves. The book explores how Rotterdam is coming to terms with superdiversity, by an analysis of its migration history of the city, the composition of the migrant population and the Dutch working class population, local politics and by a comparison with Amsterdam and other cities. As such it contributes to a better understanding not just of how and why super-diverse cities emerge but also how and why the reaction to a super-diverse reality can be so different.

By focusing on different aspects of superdiversity, coming from different angles and various disciplinary backgrounds, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in migration, policy sciences, urban studies and urban sociology, as well as policymakers and the broader public.


Population mobility Population diversity Migration and integration Inequality Global cities perspective First and second generation immigrants Open access Superdiversity Rotterdam Migration history Urban governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Scholten
    • 1
  • Maurice Crul
    • 2
  • Paul van de Laar
    • 3
  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Free University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Erasmus School of History Culture and CommunicationRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96040-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96041-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4095
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