Orphaned boy given leave to remain in the UK
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Over 70,000 people signed a petition which had called for the Home Office to allow the ten-year old boy and his grandmother to stay in Glasgow, while Glasgow North East MP Paul Sweeney brought the cause up in Parliament during PMQs.
Giorgi Kakava has been told he will be able to stay in Glasgow with his grandmother, Ketino Baikhadze, in order to continue his education until he is 18.
Kakava had been orphaned after his mother had died whilst waiting the result of an asylum appeal to remain in Scotland. As the initial request had been rejected, Kakava found himself facing deportation to Georgia, despite living in Scotland after the age of three.
Responding to the news, Paul Sweeney said:"I'm so pleased that Giorgi and his grandmother have been granted leave to remain by the Home Office.
"I hoped that by raising his case directly with Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions this would be the outcome, but that sort of intervention should never have been necessary. How many other children like Giorgi are out there right now whose cases have not been brought to the Prime Minister's attention?
However he warned that this was not an isolated case:"Meanwhile two other boys in my constituency, Somer and Areeb, still have the threat of deportation hanging over them despite the fact that, like Giorgi, they are naturalised Scottish boys.
Sweeney also drew attention to the government's 'hostile environment' policies, which came under heavy fire during the Windrush scandal.
"My local casework alone raises serious questions about our immigration system's hostile environment and I know that with the support of the people of Glasgow we can continue to push for answers." he said.
A Home Office spokeswoman commented: "The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection and every case is assessed on its individual merits."
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