When the outbreak of World War II was foreseeable, or at least a conflict of some proportions was, were any common Europeans able to preemptively emigrate?

From reading some other questions and answers on this site, I've learnt that countries on opposing sides of the war allowed each other's diplomats to safely leave the scene of the action. But what about certain common people who suspected that something was afoot in advance of World War II's outbreak? Were any of these folks able to jump ship?

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    It could be argued that WW2 was "foreseeable" several years before the conflict itself started, and even after the start it took several months before it escalated into large scale warfare. So I'd imagine that the answer to the question is, almost certainly, yes. – Steve Bird Aug 23 '16 at 9:45
  • Hmm, wonder where I can find some more information. These kinds of sources are alright, but limited. – Mad Banners Aug 23 '16 at 9:54
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    I suspect it depends on the country. Different countries have different emigration policies. – Mark C. Wallace Aug 23 '16 at 11:39
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    large numbers of Jews were certainly seeking to immigrate bit with almost everyone closes their borders it was not easy. something like half of the German Jews out (IIRC). – pugsville Aug 23 '16 at 14:32
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    @pugsville - Jewish emigration was more specifically driven by mistreatment and prejudice in the late 20s and 30s, not because the threat of war – user13123 Aug 23 '16 at 23:43

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