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• We introduce the $SU(N)$ Casson-Lin invariants for links $L$ in $S^3$ with more than one component. Writing $L = \ell_1 \cup \cdots \cup \ell_n$, we require as input an $n$-tuple $(a_1,\ldots, a_n) \in {\mathbb Z}^n$ of labels, where $a_j$ is associated with $\ell_j$. The $SU(N)$ Casson-Lin invariant, denoted $h_{N,a}(L)$, gives an algebraic count of certain projective $SU(N)$ representations of the link group $\pi_1(S^3 \smallsetminus L)$, and the family $h_{N,a}$ of link invariants gives a natural extension of the $SU(2)$ Casson-Lin invariant, which was defined for knots by X.-S. Lin and for 2-component links by Harper and Saveliev. We compute the invariants for the Hopf link and more generally for chain links, and we show that, under mild conditions on the labels $(a_1, \ldots, a_n)$, the invariants $h_{N,a}(L)$ vanish whenever $L$ is a split link.