Sturgeon calls for urgent review into case of orphan facing deportation
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the Home Office to “urgently review” the case of a tenyear-old orphan who is facing deportation.
Ms Sturgeon has called on the Home Office to show “compassion” and “common sense” towards Giorgi Kakava, who has lived in Scotland for most of his life.
Giorgi was just three when he and his mother Sopio fled Georgia and sought asylum in Glasgow because his life was allegedly threatened by people his late father is said to have owed money to. 0 Giorgi Kakava has lived in Scotland since he was three
His mother died in February after a long illness while she was awaiting the outcome of an appeal for asylum for her and her son, leaving his future uncertain.
Giorgi’s grandmother, Ketino Baikhadze, is now his legal guardian and is also seeking asylum so she can stay in Glasgow and look after him.
More than 70,000 people have signed a petition to keep Giorgi in Glasgow, which was launched by Church of Scotland minister Reverend Brian Casey of Springburn Parish Church.
The case was raised at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood by MSP Bob Doris, whose constituency covers Giorgi’s Springburn home.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Giorgi’s case needs common sense but above all it needs compassion, and I hope the Home Office will urgently review it.”