An orphaned teenager who has lived in Scotland for a decade has been granted the right to remain indefinitely.
Giorgi Kakava, 13, was aged just three when he fled to Scotland from Georgia with his mother Sopio Baikhadze, who died in 2018.
The Church of Scotland has been campaigning for the teenager to remain in the country.
The Home Office has now told Giorgi he can stay in Glasgow permanently.
However his grandmother and guardian, Ketino Baikhadze, has only been given 30 months’ leave to remain and could still be forced to return to Georgia.
Giorgi, who is in his second year at Springburn Academy, said: “I was very excited when I heard that I have been granted permanent residency and can continue staying here.
“It is good news because Glasgow is my home, I feel Scottish and If I got moved to Georgia it would be tough to cope without all my friends.
“But the decision is very unfair on my nan because we are very close and I do not know what I would do if she was sent away.”
Giorgi’s case was taken up by Rev Brian Casey, minister of Springburn Parish Church, who lobbied the UK and Scottish governments and launched an online petition which attracted 92,650 signatures.
Rev Casey said he is “delighted” that Giorgi has finally been given the chance to live the life of a normal teenager.
He said: “It has been a long fight but it would have been criminal to send him back to a country that he doesn’t know where he could be in danger.
“But it does seem wrong that his gran, who is his guardian, will have to go through this whole protracted process again when he is 15 and still a minor.
“So, as we move forward we will have to keep an eye on that because it would be a travesty if they are split up.”