The US authorities wanted to give the liberated prisoners as much leeway as possible regarding where they wanted to go after being released. For example, if a Republican-minded Spaniard had lived in France before his arrest, the goal was to help him return there. There was to be no forced repatriation, meaning prisoners would not be made to return to their actual country of origin. Nonetheless, some Soviet DPs were sent back to the Soviet Union against their will immediately after the war.