Beginning February 2007, 6,480 Iraqi refugees have arrived in the U.S. A total of 27,940 Iraqi people have applied. CIS has interviewed 18,926 and have approved 13,067. Iraqis fearful to return to Iraq based on persecution on account of religion, race, political opinion, membership in a particular social group or ethnicity who are physically in the U.S. may apply for asyum. The figures above only apply to those who apply abroad. The difference between refugee and asylee is the location of application. Both are granted when there is persecution for one of the above reasons.