The 21st century has been and will be the scene of great changes for the world and also for Latin America, although it is still a scenario with an uncertain future. Population is probably one of the areas in which these global transformations operate more actively. Even taking into account the historical and geographical specificities of each of our countries, the recomposition of the relations between population and development within the framework of globalization configures a wide range of demographic problems that are increasingly common throughout Latin America and Caribbean.

In particular, the conditions of poverty, social exclusion and socio-demographic vulnerability of broad layers of the population pose new challenges for the study and understanding of demographic processes. Demographic transition, social inequality, migration and mobility of populations, population aging, reproductive health, the social and political situation of indigenous populations, the role of women in the economy and society, among many other aspects, constitute recurring concerns of the population theme of our time.

In this context, the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) sought to become a privileged forum for the consolidation and dissemination of demographic knowledge, constituting an open space for discussion and debate of the different analytical perspectives and regional and national positions on current population issues. Within this setting, the Revista Latinoamericana de Población (Relap) emerges; an editorial effort of regional scope through which the rich tradition of Latin American demographic thinking is recovered, articulating and strengthening the task deployed by study centers and by national associations of population.

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