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Baker says Mass. open to refugee shelter discussion

Governor Charlie Baker.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker said he’s open to talking with federal officials about Massachusetts sheltering Syrian refugees to help ease Europe’s humanitarian crisis.

Baker told reporters Thursday that as far as he knows, federal officials haven’t yet begun reaching out to states.

The governor said he’d want to know more details, including who would pay the costs. But he said that as part of the global community the US should do its share to help.

The White House says the US is making plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a jump from the 1,500 migrants cleared to resettle.


Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said city officials also are willing to talk about accepting refugees.