Florin Fodor

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Florin Fodor
Born 1974 (age 42–43)
Nationality Romania
Known for Tried to sneak into Canada by crossing the Davis Strait from Greenland
Florin Fodor bought this small boat to travel 2000 km to enter Canada at Grise Fiord, in October 2006.
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. His last incursion was seen as remarkable, as he was the first undocumented immigrant to attempt to surreptitiously slip into Canada through its vast and underpopulated Arctic.[1][2]

Fodor was first deported from Canada in 2000.[3] 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.[3]

Fodor left Sisimiut, Greenland on September 11, 2006, in a 20-foot fibreglass boat he purchased there.[3] He arrived at Grise Fiord eight days later, on September 18, 2006.[4] When Fodor arrived in Grise Fiord he was almost out of food, and had only five litres (1.3 US gal) of fuel left.

Fodor pleaded guilty in November 2006 to two charges of violating Canada's Immigration Act.[5] He was sentenced to seven and half months of detention. Justice Lise Maisonneuve ruled that Fodor should be deported when his sentence was complete.[6][7]

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.[8] 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.

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  1. ^ "2006: Romanian Florin Fodor tried to sneak into Canada through the high Arctic". Archived from the original on 2016-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Navigating the waters of CBSA carrier codes". Canadian Shipper. 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2016-02-11. In 2006, the northernmost Canadian settlement of Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island received an unanticipated guest. 
  3. ^ a b c "Grise Fiord "refugee" to court". Siku News. 2006-11-12. Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-08-10. Chris Kealey of the Canada Border Services Agency said border staff can't remember a case as unique as this. 
  4. ^ "Romanian who boated to High Arctic fesses up". CBC News. 2006-11-15. Archived from the original on 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Jail for border hopper". Siku News. 2006-11-22. Archived from the original on 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-10. Fodor caught the public's attention when he landed in the tiny High Arctic community of Grise Fiord in September. He made the 1,000-kilometre trip from Greenland to the southern tip of Ellesmere Island in a small motor boat. 
  6. ^ {{ | url = http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=cd32b6cf-fa9e-4faf-8a39-c259d2be0304 | title = Judge pulls plug on man's boat immigration | publisher = Montreal Gazette | date = 2006-11-22 | accessdate = 2016-02-11 | quote = He was deported from Canada in 2000 for a series of criminal convictions. Judge Maisonneuve said Tuesday because of his prior record, he will be deported again back to Romania after he serves his full sentence. | archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20160211190005/http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=cd32b6cf-fa9e-4faf-8a39-c259d2be0304 | archivedate = 2016-02-11 | deadurl = No }}
  7. ^ Paula McCooey (2006-11-21). "Man who tried to enter Canada by boat gets jail sentence". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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