In 1944, fearing continued Soviet repression, hundreds of thousands of people left the Baltic states. They travelled to Western Europe, and most people ended up in Germany, where they spent years in Displaced Person Camps (1945–1949) established primarily for refugees from Eastern Europe after World War II by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. The camps were divided into Allied occupation zones: French, American, British, and Soviet. To deal with the post-war refugee crises, a number of countries signed draft laws that allowed the refugees to start new lives via further emigration. Beginning in 1948, Baltic refugees emigrated to Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and South America, among other places.