LUXEMBOURG (ALBOENEWS)  —  The European Union’s highest court has ruled that EU states must take in refugees who reach Europe, Reuters reports. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg rejected claims from Hungary and Slovakia that it was illegal for Brussels to order them to take refugees.

The two countries had claimed it was a security threat for them to take in refugees, most of which are Muslim. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban called the decision “appalling” while Germany gave approval to the ruling.

The ruling will now impose refugee quotas on EU states, spreading acceptance of asylum-seekers into Eastern Europe.

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