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With the Nords there probably really isn't any sort of census or anything like that.

But like others say, contribute to Nordic society and you probably are welcomed. Nords have hospitality, but take advantage of it and offer nothing in return at your own peril. I've always imagined that even a Nord native to Skyrim would be treated harshly if his reputation was a lazy layabout. If you're an outsider/foreigner and you take advantage of the hospitality and contribute nothing in return, you're probably treated far far worse, especially if you're from a country where you would be considered the enemy.

I do think each Hold probably has their eye on whose coming into their region as well. Even though - in the case of ESO - there's not much emphasis on Jarl and Hold loyalty (because let's face it, vanilla depictions of Skyrim are pretty shallow compared to TES V) - I'd say the Jarls and their stewards and the like *probably* try and keep an eye on who lives in their domain. Nothing crazy official like the Imperials, but they definitely would want to know whose paying taxes/contributing.
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I would venture to say that some form of citizenship does exist within the context of Tamriel for one very specific reason: the Empire. The very nature of an empire, especially within the context of the Elder Scrolls universe, involves assimilating dissimilar cultures into a larger, more cohesive body. It follows, then, that an imperial identity would be promoted and adopted; especially after the several centuries of the Reman Empire. Any land held in vassalage to an empire, with some exceptions, for such an extended period almost always ends up adopting the imperial identity and culture to some degree. The United Kingdom is a pretty good example of this, with Ireland serving as a convenient microcosmic perspective on imperial relationships.

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For the insanely long reasons analyzed above, I think the people of Tamriel have absolutely adopted ideas of citizenship. It began under the Reman Empire and continues to this day as they try to figure out who they are, and why. The Empire gave the people an identity, and as that political body died, so too did this sense of how one fits into the larger picture.

People are killing, dying, starving, begging, stealing, burning, praying, and fleeing toward the answer of "what do I do now?"
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The Nords, in perhaps a parallel to the Normans in their conquest of Britain and the Domesday book, actually DO perform censuses of conquered territories and presumably their own. A known example of this is the Book of Life, written following the Nordic invasion of High Rock, categorizing the local population and the locations of cities. It is mentioned in this book: http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:A_History_of_Daggerfall

However, this Book of Life seems to focus zero emphasis on the races of the individuals inhabiting these places, instead focusing on their sex if adult or simply ambiguous 'children' if they are not of age. To me, this indicates that, as others have suggested, Nords don't really care WHO you are but what your place is in society and how much you contribute. Note the Stormcloaks of the 4th Era, who are notably bigoted against Elves and the Beast Races, are willing to allow a non-Nord PC of these or other races join them so long as they are willing to put their life on the line. Becoming someone who is a 'refugee' would be just living there, without being a part of the community. Buying a house, helping the locals, regularly visiting a meadhall to share in stories, drink, and political machinations would likely be the route to citizenship. Participation, nothing more. An example of this is Arcadia in Whiterun, who is an Imperial that has lived in Whiterun for 20 years and is largely accepted by the Nords...though, she is rejected by the Stormcloaks due to her race following their conquest. But this, in theory, could be temporary given that Nords are slow to trust at times but can come around.

That's my perception, anyway, based on in-universe lore.
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