This project studies how the complex interplay between categorizations of ‘vulnerable refugees’, and policy-making on resettlement, shape access to resettlement. We apply a comparative design that analyses connections between different levels of governing resettlement – from policymaking at the national and international levels to actual encounter between street-level bureaucrats and refugees. Theoretically, we investigate the role of vulnerability in humanitarian interventions and practices, contributing to the growing critical literature that explores the consequences of centering the concept of vulnerability as a source of legitimacy in humanitarian work. We will also engage Norwegian stakeholders in exploring the implications for the future of resettlement.