Myanmar, also known as Burma, has removed more than 2,000 people from its list of blacklisted exiles, allowing for their possible return to their homeland.
Mizzima, a Burmese news service based in India, reported that about 4,000 such exiles remain prohibited from repatriating.
Reportedly, a significant number of these exiles were activists, journalists and Buddhist monks who had protested against the military government during the so-called ‘Saffron Revolution’ of 2007.
"These relaxations are in line with the country's transformation," a spokesman for Burmese president, Thein Sein, Nay Zin Latt, said, according to the Associated Press
Since forming a nominally civilian government in 2010, Sein has instituted a number of reforms in Burma that have largely been embraced by the west.
Palash has worked as a business journalist for 21 years in New York.