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10-year-old Giorgi Kakava is being threatened with deportation by the Home Office, after being orphaned when his mother passed away this February.
Giorgi and his mother arrived in Glasgow as Asylum seekers seven years ago, when Giorgi was just three, from their home country of Georgia.
Now, three months after his mother’s death, Giorgi is being threatened with deportation, after having his asylum application refused by the Home Office.
Unable to speak any language but English, members of his community are devastated at the prospect of him returning to Georgia, where they believe he will be placed in severe danger.
Since this news was revealed, his teachers, school-friends, local religious figures, and politicians have come together in support of him, with a recent petition to halt Giorgi’s deportation amassing over 65,000 signatures already.
In today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Glasgow North East’s MP, Paul Sweeney, directly asked Theresa May about what she plans to do about Giorgi:
“Giorgi has lived here since he was three years old”, Sweeney stated, “the only language he speaks is English and he speaks it with the same [Glaswegian] accent as I do – he now faces being deported to Georgia, torn from his school-friends in Glasgow and placed in grave danger”.
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.”