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Oct 16, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Hungarian visitor denied entry and detained six weeks finally allowed to go home

Csaba Csizmar is flying home Wednesday after weeks in immigration limbo, neither allowed to enter Canada nor allowed to leave.


After being arrested and detained for more than six weeks, Csaba Csizmar is finally headed home.

He boarded a plane to Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday evening.

The Hungarian citizen was denied entry to Canada back on Sept. 2, but instead of turning him around on the next flight, Canada Border Services Agency decided to detain and process him, a procedure that would take more than a month and cost taxpayers an estimated $11,044.

It’s a bizarre case where the agency charged with keeping unwanted people out of Canada was instead preventing one from leaving.

“He never wanted to stay — he was just coming for a visit,” said friend Zuzsanna Loczi. “They put him in jail when all he wanted was to go home.”

Even though Csizmar had a return ticket home and withdrew his request to enter Canada, the CBSA opted to detain him as a flight risk and schedule an admissibility hearing, where it was determined that he would have to leave the country. Yet two weeks after an immigration judge ruled that Csizmar should be sent home, he was still sitting in a Rexdale immigration detention centre.

After the Star published Csizmar’s story last week, immigration lawyer Nikolay Chsherbinin came forward and offered to look into the case, which he called “strange” and “bizarre.”

Following the inadmissibility finding on September 26, on October 1 Mr. Csizmar waived his right to apply for a Preremoval Risk Assessment, as of that date there was no legal basis for CBSA to delay his removal. The cause of this delay is administrative oversight, which is atypical for CBSA,” Chsherbinin wrote in an email.

Csizmar was informed late Friday evening that he would finally be returning home, but was given no explanation for the delay.

“Under the (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act), the CBSA must enforce removal orders as soon as possible,” wrote a CBSA spokesperson in an unsigned email. “The CBSA is firmly committed to doing so. However there is no set timeframe between a removal order being issued and enforced.”

Csizmar had come to Canada to meet Loczi, whom he had met on the Internet. Had things gone well, they had planned to follow up with a visit to his family in Serbia.

But when Csizmar arrived at Pearson International Airport, he told border guards he had come to visit and only mentioned the romance with Loczi after questioning. For this, he was charged with giving a misleading statement and taken into custody.

Since he did not file a refugee claim, once his admissibility hearing had concluded, he should have been able to leave the country promptly, said Chsherbinin. But a bureaucratic error kept him detained for so long, he said.

Loczi’s son, Bela Safri, says Csizmar’s case reveals the racial profiling that goes on at Canadian ports of entry.

“If you refuse somebody entry, that’s fine, that’s your right. But to detain someone for so long, that’s what I cannot accept,” said Safri.

“If you’re Hungarian, they’re going to keep you in jail and not let you out. This is racism, too. Because you’re from Hungary, the probability that you’re going to be able to enter Canada is less than (if you’re from) other countries.”

Toronto Star

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