In 1946, JDC expanded its emigration services for Jewish displaced persons. Unfortunately, immigration policies hobbled the process. British law kept Palestine largely off limits until Israel's independence. Thousands faced rough terrain, bad weather, and closed mountainous borders to get there clandestinely. The second country of choice, the U.S. also had restrictive quotas. JDC sought refuge for its clients in countries across the globe. It took years until all were able to find homes in new countries.