Florin Fodor

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Florin Fodor, and his boat, on his arrival in Grise Fiord in October 2006.
Sisimiut, Greenland and Grise Fiord, Nunavut, the endpoints of Florin Fodor's voyage.

Florin Fodor (b. 1974 (age 49–50)) is a citizen of Romania who made several attempts to enter Canada illegally.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] His last incursion was seen as remarkable, as he was the first illegal immigrant to attempt to surreptiously slip into Canada through its vast and underpopulated Arctic.[9]

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 fiberglass boat he purchased there.[3] He arrived at Grise Fiord eight days later, on September 18, 2006.[10] When Fodor arrived in Grise Fiord he was almost out of food, and had only five litres of fuel left.[11]

Fodor pled 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.[12] The Ottawa Citizen reported that Fodor was a convicted drug dealer.

In January 2009 the police in Herfordshire, United Kingdom, listed Florin Fodor for failing to appear in court for drug charges.[13] According to the Herfordshire Police he is from Great Halingbury Manor, Bishop's Stortford, and he failed to appear on September 8, 2008.

Nunavut's Premier, Eva Aariak, cited Grise Fjord's apprehension of Fodor in a speech she delivered to the Nunavut Legislature on Februay 19, 2009.[14] 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. "Romanian takes long road to Toronto, via Grise Fiord". CBC News. 2006-09-20. Archived from the original on 2016-02-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20160211172657/http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/romanian-takes-long-road-to-toronto-via-grise-fiord-1.570622. "The mantravelled up the west coast of Greenland, from Qaanaq to Sisimiut, and then crossed the icy waters of Davis Strait to Grise Fiord, said Nunavut RCMP Cpl. Randy Slawson." 
  2. "Romanian sailing into High Arctic had been deported". CBC News. 2006-09-21. Archived from the original on 2016-02-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20160211171528/http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/romanian-sailing-into-high-arctic-had-been-deported-1.570620. "The man was deported from Canada in 2000 after he was convicted of break, enter and theft, said Chris Kealey of the Canada Border Services Agencyin a telephone interview from Ottawa Wednesday." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Grise Fiord "refugee" to court". Siku News. 2006-11-12. Archived from the original on 2008-02-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20080210052903/http://www.sikunews.com/art.html?catid=5&artid=2257. Retrieved 2016-02. "Chris Kealey of the Canadian Border Services Agency said border staff can't remember a case as unique as this." 
  4. "Border hopper has day in court". Siku News. 2006-11-16. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. https://web.archive.org/web/20110716071114/http://www.sikunews.com/News/Canada-Nunavut/Border-hopper-has-day-in-court-2241ar. Retrieved 2008-08-10. "Florin Fodor, 32, made the guilty plea in Ottawa on Tuesday, more than two months after he arrived by boat in Grise Fiord on the southern tip of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Jail for border hopper". Siku News. 2006-11-22. Archived from the original on 2008-08-10. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sikunews.com%2Fart.html%3Fartid%3D2317%26catid%3D5&date=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. Alina Vlad (2006-11-16). "A ajuns in Canada cu o barca de cauciuc [He arrived in Canada with a rubber boat]" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 2016-02-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20160211163837/http://stiri.haios.ro/stire_citeste.php?lang=ro&id_joke=6712&s=stire&category_name=Senzational&title=A+ajuns+in+Canada+cu+o+barca+de+cauciuc. Retrieved 2008-08-10. "Purtatorul de cuvant al granicerilor canadieni, Chris Keeley, a declarat ca Fodor este acuzat ca nu a anuntat autoritatile dupa sosirea in tara si pentru intrare in tara fara aprobarea Ministerului Imigrarii, dupa ce fusese expulzat din Canada cu sase ani in urma."  mirror
  7. "A ajuns in Canada cu o barca de cauciuc [He arrived in Canada with a rubber boat]" (in Romanian). November 2006. http://www.haios.ro/listeaza.php?lang=ro&s=stire&id=17&offset=10. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror - translation
  8. "Roman ajuns in Canada, din Groenlanda, cu o barca [Roman arrived in Canada, Greenland, with a boat]" (in Romanian). hotnews.ro. 2008-11-22. http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-arhiva-1141133-roman-ajuns-canada-din-groenlanda-barca.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror -- translation
  9. "2006: Romanian Florin Fodor tried to sneak into Canada through the high Arctic". Archived from the original on 2016-02-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20160211170229/http://www.cireport.ca/2011/02/2006-romanian-florin-fodor-tried-to-sneak-into-canada-through-the-high-arctic-from-greenland.html. 
  10. "Romanian who boated to High Arctic fesses up". CBC News. 2006-11-15. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2006/11/14/grise-romanian.html. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  mirror
  11. Herb Mathiesen (March 2017). "The High Arctic Lobbyist". Up here magazine. Archived from the original on 2020-09-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20200928204535/https://www.uphere.ca/articles/high-arctic-lobbyist. "Ten years ago, Florin Fodor, a Romanian who’d been deported from Canada, pulled his beleaguered boat onto Grise Fiord’s shores after an eight-day trip from Greenland that left him hungry and with just five litres of fuel." 
  12. Paula McCooey (2006-11-21). "Man who tried to enter Canada by boat gets jail sentence". Ottawa Citizen. http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d5401d18-1cc7-4248-af84-ede5292936c6&k=8286. Retrieved 2008-08-04.  mirror
  13. "Creating a Safer Herfordshire". Herfordshire Police. 2009-01. Archived from the original on 2010-02-28. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.herts.police.uk%2Fwanted%2Findex.php&date=2010-02-28. "He failed to appear at St Albans Crown Court on September 8, 2008 in relation to an offence of possessing Class C drugs." 
  14. Eva Aariak (2009-02-19). "Speech by Premier Eva Aariak on the Federal investment of $100 million for Nunavut Housing". Government of Nunavut. http://www.gov.nu.ca/premier/speeches/2009/feb19.pdf. 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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