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New England has taken in nearly 650 Syrian refugees since President Barack Obama set a goal last year to take in 10,000 refugees across the country.

Most of the refugees in New England have resettled in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Connecticut has taken in 334 refugees, the most of any New England state.

Massachusetts has accepted 145 refugees despite initial hesitations expressed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Rhode Island has welcomed 116 refugees, followed by Maine with 39 and New Hampshire with 14. No refugees have settled in Vermont.

Last month, the White House announced the goal was met. Obama set the goal Oct. 1, 2015.

Most of the refugees have clustered around large cities like Springfield in Massachusetts, Providence in Rhode Island and New Haven in Connecticut.

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