Since the conflict in Syria began four years ago, Massachusetts has accepted the 11th most Syrian refugees of any US state. Still, the numbers of Syrian refugees placed here and elsewhere around the country are far lower than the totals seen in Europe and other parts of the world.
More than 4 million people have fled Syria since the conflict began in 2011.
Hundreds of thousands of the refugees have flocked to Europe, but only 2,200 have come to the United States since 2011, according to records kept by the US Department of State’s Refugee Processing Center.
Most of the Syrian refugees, more than 1,800 of them, were placed in the US this year.
The states with the most Syrian refugees are: California (252); Texas (243); Michigan (207); Arizona (168); and Illinois (166).
Massachusetts has accepted 72 Syrian refugees.
Elsewhere in New England, 42 Syrian refugees have been placed in Connecticut; 3 have been placed in New Hampshire; one in Maine, and none in Rhode Island or Vermont.
Syrians represent a small fraction — less than 1 percent — of the more than 16,700 refugees of all nationalities that have been placed in New England since 2011.
The picture is similar nationally, with 2,181 Syrian refugees placed in the United States since 2011, compared with 316,500 refugees overall.
With worldwide concern over the plight of refugees flooding out of the Middle East — and some European countries taking in huge numbers — the number of Syrian refugees settling here is expected to increase soon. The White House said in September that the United States would take in at least 10,000 during the next 12 months.
But on Monday, in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker joined several American governors in announcing they will not allow any Syrian refugees to move to their states.
The governors are responding to heightened concerns that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders. One of the attackers in Paris had a Syrian passport, and Paris prosecutors say fingerprints from the attacker match those of someone who passed through Greece in October.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States is moving forward with its plan to take in more Syrian refugees.
Globally, the largest settlement of Syrian refugees is in Turkey, where nearly 2.2 million have registered, followed by: Lebanon where more than 1 million Syrian refugees have registered; 245,134 in Iraq; and 205,578 in Serbia.
In Germany, 153,655 Syrian refugees have applied for asylum, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. About 8,050 Syrian refugees have applied for asylum in France, the data shows.
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Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Matt Rocheleau can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele