Following the global humanitarian crisis of 2015, there has been an increased interest in understanding how refugees are integrating into the Norwegian society. Of specific interest are refugee groups with relatively long residency. Iraqi refugees represent one of the largest refugee groups in Norway, with many years of residency but low levels of employment. The Iraqis’ history has been characterized by decades of conflict, severe human rights violations, violence, torture and persecution. This has led to the displacement of millions of people and inflicted severe trauma. Psychological research on the experiences of refugees has been dominated by studies on the adverse effects of trauma and the prevalence of psychiatric disorders. The present study, however, set out to investigate the socio-political influence on the health and adaptation of refugees. The present project is a qualitative study of the experiences of seven Iraqi refugee men with trauma-related mental health problems in Norway, interviewed by Sverre Varvin and Marianne Opaas as part of an overarching research project at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS). The present inquiries are based on 31 interviews forming the basis for conducting thematic analysis and for exploring the following research question: How does context influence the experience of normality? The analysis has been led by community psychological principles and the resource-based model of refugee adaptation. The analytical process led to the formation of four themes capturing aspects important for adaptation, which include having a job, experiencing financial stability, having appropriate accommodation and social support. The major themes were all found to be influential in the lives of the participants, encouraging a sense of normality when in place. The key-findings suggest that (1) access to resources are constrained by social and political conditions and that (2) resource spirals perpetuate positive and negative cycles in the lives of the participants. The study further engages the chosen theoretical framework in contextualizing the experiences of the participants, engaging in discussions of social inequality and macro-level policies. The study goes on to discuss implications of the findings for service providers, suggestions for future research and limitations.