Florin Fodor

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Florin Fodor
Florin Fodor in Grise Fiord - October 2006.
Florin Fodor, and his boat, on his arrival in Grise Fiord in October 2006.
Born 1974 (age 40–41)
Nationality Romanian
Known for Tried to sneak into Canada by crossing the Davis Strait from Greenland
Sisimiut, Greenland and Grise Fiord, Nunavut, the endpoints of Florin Fodor's voyage.

Florin Fodor (born 1974) is a citizen of Romania who made several attempts to enter Canada illegally.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Fodor was first deported from Canada in 2000.[1] He was deported again in 2006, when he is reported to have been returning to family in Canada.

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Tim Waters, Fodor's attempt to enter Canada by water, from Greenland, was unprecedented—and dangerous.[1]

Fodor left Sisimiut, Greenland on September 11, 2006, in a 20 foot fiberglass boat he purchased there.[1] He arrived at Grise Fiord eight days later, on September 18, 2006.[7] When Fodor arrived in Grise Fiord he was almost out of food, and had only five litres of fuel left.

Fodor pled guilty in November 2006 to two charges of violating Canada's Immigration Act.[3] He was sentenced to seven and half months of detention. Justice Lise Maisonneuve ruled that Fodor should be deported when his sentence was complete.[8]

Nunavut's Premier, Eva Aariak, cited Grise Fjord's apprehension of Fodor in a speech she delivered to the Nunavut Legislature on February 19, 2009.[9] Federal Ministers Chuck Strahl and Leona Aglukkaq were guests of the Legislature. In her speech Aariak cited Fodor's example as a demonstration of how important the people of Nunavut were to protecting Canadian sovereignty.


  1. ^ a b c d "Grise Fiord "refugee" to court". Siku News. 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror
  2. ^ "Border hopper has day in court". Siku News. 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror
  3. ^ a b "Jail for border hopper". Siku News. 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror
  4. ^ "He arrived in Canada with a rubber boat". November 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror
  5. ^ "A ajuns in Canada cu o barca de cauciuc (He arrived in Canada with a rubber boat)". November 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror - translation
  6. ^ "Roman ajuns in Canada, din Groenlanda, cu o barca (Roman arrived in Canada, Greenland, with a boat)". hotnews.ro. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror -- translation
  7. ^ "Romanian who boated to High Arctic fesses up". CBC News. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror
  8. ^ Paula McCooey (2006-11-21). "Man who tried to enter Canada by boat gets jail sentence". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2008-08-04.  mirror
  9. ^ Eva Aariak (2009-02-19). "Speech by Premier Eva Aariak on the Federal investment of $100 million for Nunavut Housing" (PDF). Government of Nunavut. Retrieved 2010-02-28. Don’t forget, it was residents of Grise Fiord in the high Arctic who first realized Florin Fodor was trying to sneak into Canada via Greenland.