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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence on human rights and Holyrood and then on bullying and harassment in schools
  2. Mark McDonald faces being suspended from Holyrood for a month after he was found guilty of sexual harassment
  3. The first minister faces questions from opposition leaders and backbench MSPs
  4. An SNP MSP marks MND Awareness Week
  5. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay delivers the annual provisional outturn
  6. The Scottish government leads a debate on World Refugee Day

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live!

Mark McDonald has insisted he is "morally justified" staying on as an MSP despite quitting the SNP
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Mark McDonald has insisted he is "morally justified" staying on as an MSP despite quitting the SNP

That's from Holyrood Live on Thursday 21 June 2018.

Independent MSP Mark McDonald learned he faces being suspended from Holyrood for a month after he was found guilty of sexual harassment.

Mr McDonald resigned as early years minister in November 2017 after he sent an "inappropriate" text message to a woman. He later quit the SNP.

The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life concluded that the case amounted to sexual harassment.

Holyrood's standards committee has now recommended Mr McDonald be suspended without pay for a month.

The final decision on the sanction will be made by parliament as a whole, and the suspension period will not include the upcoming summer recess.

Labour and Green amendments and final Scottish government motion, as amended agreed

The government motion as amended by Labour and the Greens is agreed to unanimously.

This is the Scottish government motion
Scottish parliament
This is the Scottish government motion
This is the Labour amendment
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This is the Labour amendment

The Labour amendment is unanimously agreed to.

This is the Green amendment
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This is the Green amendment

The Green amendment is agreed to but with 81 MSPs backing it and with 20 abstentions.

Tory amendment not agreed

The Scottish Conservatives' amendment is not agreed, with 20 MSPs in favour and 81 against.

This is the Conservative amendment
Scottish parliament
This is the Conservative amendment

'We have seen what is possible with the Syrian Resettlement Programme'

Ms Constance
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Ms Constance argues: "We have seen what is possible with the Syrian Resettlement Programme."

31 of our 32 local authorities have recieved refugees thanks to the programme she explains.

The minister says the government will continue to work with COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council, particularly when it comes to children.

Ms Constance says only 480 children have been transferred to the UK under the Dubs amendment.

A far, far cry from the commitment to support 3,000 children, she states.

I hope the Home Office are indeed listening to the calls to end the two tier asylum process she says, and she hopes it is also are also listening to the calls to reverse their "disgraceful" move away from the Dubs amendment.

Background: Syrian refugee housing target met three years early

More than 2,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Scotland
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More than 2,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Scotland

In December we reported Scotland had met a target to provide homes for 2,000 Syrian refugees three years ahead of schedule.

The UK government has committed to resettling 20,000 people fleeing the war-torn country through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme.

Local authorities north of the border agreed to take in 10% of that number.

But the council body Cosla said that goal had been reached just two years into the five-year scheme.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Scotland is an open and welcoming country and today's celebration,welcoming the 2,000th Syrian refugee to our country, is testament to that.

Read more here.

Immigration detention should be limited to 28 days says communities secretary

Communities Secretary Angela Constance
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Communities Secretary Angela Constance

Communities Secretary Angela Constance highlights praise for the New Scots strategy from the UN.

We should be both supporting other countries with problems which cause people to flee and welcome those coming to our borders, she asserts.

The Scottish government supports calls to limit immigration detention to 28 days and also to move to community based programmes, confirms Ms Constance.

Tory MSP accepts the system has not got it right all the time

Tory MSP Jamie Greene
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Tory MSP Jamie Greene

Tory MSP Jamie Greene accepts the system has not got it right all the time hence the need for these debates.

The Tory MSP argues the Schengen area is a shadow of its former self in accepting refugees.

He says the programmes and schemes cost money and the people working in them deserve praise and he says that is what the Tory amendment says.

Mr Greene states no amount of political point scoring will address the many complex reasons for the international refugee crisis.

Background: Intake of Syrian refugees in the UK

Top five and bottom five intake of Syrian refugees relative to population
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The UK is the world's second largest donor of bilateral aid says Tory MSP

Tory MSP Jamie Greene
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Tory MSP Jamie Greene

Tory MSP Jamie Greene points to positive work on providing housing, education and language support for refugees.

He welcomes the meeting of the Syrian refugee resettlement target.

The UK is the world's second largest donor of bilateral aid, states Mr Greene.

The Tory MSP asserts that every penny goes directly to an important cause and people on the ground are incredible grateful.

MSPs should have the right for an annual visit to Dungavel to check conditiosn

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill
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Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill explains the Refugee Council points out that some of the poorest children in our country are refugees or asylum seekers.

Ms McNeill calls for additional resources from the Scottish government to address this.

MSPs should have the right for an annual visit to Dungavel to see the conditions there, says Ms McNeill.

She calls on Scottish Secretary David Mundell to make this happen.

Dungavel House in Lanarkshire is used to detain people facing deportation
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Dungavel House in Lanarkshire is used to detain people facing deportation

Background: The refugee doctors learning to speak Glaswegian

Refugee doctor: 'I hope to make the UK proud'

Doctors who have travelled to Scotland as refugees are being given the chance to start working for the NHS through a training scheme. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has been to meet those involved.

"When people say, 'I had a couple of beers', they don't mean two," jokes instructor Dr Patrick Grant, a retired A&E doctor training refugees to work for NHS Scotland - including in how to overcome cultural barriers.

One of his students is Fatema, who previously worked as a surgeon in the Middle East until she was forced to flee.

Having treated anti-government protesters in her home country, she herself had become a government target.

Read more here.

Labour MSP spent the 'best' Christmas with Syrian refugees

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill tells the chamber of how two years ago she enjoyed Christmas dinner with a Syrian family.

They arrived with presents for the children and it was one of the best Christmases we had, she says.

The children of the family were scared of her dogs because they were so used to seeing dogs attack people, Ms McNeill states.

Labour MSP Pauline McNeill
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Labour MSP Pauline McNeill

Scotland and Britain must be a shining example to show how refugees should be treated, the Labour MSP argues.

It is quite easy to understand why refugees are coming to Europe, she states.

I was ashamed about UK government's the denial of the Dubs scheme, adds Ms McNeill.

Background: Asylum family in plea to PM over fears of death in Pakistan

The Bakhsh family fled Pakistan in 2012 and live in Glasgow
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The Bakhsh family fled Pakistan in 2012 and live in Glasgow

A Christian man who has spent six years seeking asylum has appealed to the prime minister to allow him and his family to stay in the UK.

Maqsood Bakhsh fled Pakistan in 2012 with his wife and two sons after Islamic extremists threatened to kill him because of his religious beliefs.

They now live in Glasgow and fear their lives would be in danger if they returned to Pakistan.

The Home Office said every asylum case was assessed on its individual merits.

Read more here.

Green MSP proud parliament standing not just for but with refugees

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Mr Greer says the Home Office are seriously considering deporting 10-year-old Giorgi Katkava, as Bob Doris highlighted.

The Green MSP also highlights the plight of the Bakhsh family in Glasgow.

I'm proud that this parliament will join with thousands of communities today, standing not just for but with refugees, he says.

Mr Greer says at a time when darkness appears to be falling over Europe "we will today insist on keeping a light that they cannot keep out".

"Today I am very proud to say I am a member of this parliament."

Background: Trump backs down on migrant family separations policy

Trump signs executive order on family separations

US President Donald Trump has bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order promising to "keep families together" in migrant detentions.

Mr Trump reversed his own policy amid international fury over the separation of undocumented parents and children.

He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing.

But the order does not address families already separated by the policy.

Read more here.

Background: US migrant children cry for separated parents on audio

The sound of migrant children separated from parents

An audio recording in which migrant children in the US can be heard crying for their parents has been released as US President Donald Trump remains defiant over his immigration policy.

Some 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents in the past few months after their families tried to cross the US border illegally.

Mr Trump said he would not allow the US to become a "migrant camp".

The UN high commissioner for refugees says the policy is "unacceptable".

Read more.

Western nations have turned their backs on refugees

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Green MSP Ross Greer says he is disappointed that so many Western nations have turned their backs on refugees.

There has been a marked increase in hostile policies and dehumanising language across the continent, he states.

He heavily criticises the US government's treatment of migrants, particularly of children.

We should stand in solidarity with those resisting these actions, Mr Greer states.

He tells the chamber that many churches have had to turn their work underground due to pressure from the US government.

The Green MSP speaks emotionally about the stories of refugees he has met or visited the graves of.

Background: Boy aged 10 faces deportation after being orphaned

Giorgi calls Scotland home after moving from Georgia with his mother
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Giorgi calls Scotland home after moving from Georgia with his mother

A 10-year-old boy who has lived in Glasgow since he was three faces being deported to Georgia after being left an orphan.

Giorgi Kakava moved to Scotland with his mother Sophie when his father was killed by Georgian criminals.

Ms Baikhadze died in February after suffering a long illness.

Now Giorgi's grandmother Katie Baikhadze, who he lives with in Springburn, is fighting for him to be given asylum.

Read more here.

Backgtround: Where have the UK's 10,000 Syrian refugees gone?

Where the UK's Syrian regugees reside
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In April we reported that he UK has accepted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in the past two and a half years - but analysis by the BBC shows large disparities in the numbers going to different parts of the country.

Scotland has taken four times as many Syrian refugees as Greater London, while Northern Ireland has taken over 300 more than the whole of the east of England.

Relative to their populations, northern England has taken over twice as many Syrian refugees as the South.

Overall, almost a third of local authorities are yet to take any Syrian refugees.

The BBC analysis looks at the Home Office's breakdown of local authority intake of Syrian refugees and weighs this against the population size.

Background: New strategy for helping refugees in Scotland

Feroz, a refugee from Afghanistan, tells his story

A new strategy to help refugees and asylum seekers settle in Scotland has been announced.

More than 700 asylum seekers and refugees were involved in its development.

The New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy has been endorsed by the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Its main aims are to provide education, housing, healthcare and employment. It also aims to help refugees settle into the community and share their skills.

The strategy was developed collaboratively by the Scottish government, Cosla and the Scottish Refugee Council.

Read more here.

Background: World Refugee Day

Refugees in the Democratic Republic Of Congo
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Refugees in the Democratic Republic Of Congo

From the UN World Refugee Day website:

"In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.

"To do this, the UN Refugee Agency launched the#WithRefugeespetitionin June 2016 to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

"On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee."

"Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror."

Read more here.

Our response to the refugee crisis will be how this generation is judged says Lib Dem MSP

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton begins by criticising events currently taking place in America.

"The flame of liberty is guttering in America right now," he states.

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
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Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

We need to see the humanity behind the number of refugees which is the highest it has ever been, the Lib Dem MSP states.

For every 10,000 citizens in Germany, they took in 70 Syrian refugees, Mr Cole-Hamilton highlights.

By comparison we took in just four refugees per 10,000 citizens, he states.

He criticises the treatment of women fleeing from abusive relationships who have no recourse to public funds.

If compassion is the most important pillar of the human conditions, our response to the refugee crisis will be how this generation will be judged the MSP concludes.

Background: New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy

New Scots refugee Integration Strategy
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Click here for the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy.

"For a welcoming Scotland where refugees and asylum seekers are able to rebuild their lives from the day they arrive."

The New Scots strategy aims to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland’s communities.

This includes people who have been granted refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection; people seeking asylum; and those whose application for asylum has been refused, but who remain in Scotland.

While international law does not distinguish between refugees and asylum seekers, there is a distinction in UK immigration legislation, which means they have different rights and entitlements.

"The New Scots strategy sees integration as a long-term, two-way process, involving positive change in both individuals and host communities, which leads to cohesive, diverse communities."

'Under Wesminster, British asylum policy has been nothing short of disgraceful'

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Mr Greer says the right to vote is a vital part of integration.

The Green MSP argues if refugees are to fully integrate then they must have the right to vote.

He welcomes the government's proposal to enfranchise all refugees and backs Labour's overtures to the same effect made yesterday.

Some local councils could do much more for refugees with more funding, he says.

Mr Greer insists: "Under Wesminster, British asylum policy has been nothing short of disgraceful."

This is the Greens' amendment

Greens' amendment
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Green MSP criticises UK arms sales

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Green MSP Ross Greer highlights the number of displaced Syrians alone exceeds the entire population of Scotland.

He speaks about the challenging journey many refugees take in attempts to get to safety.

Many deaths go unreported, he states.

"It is our responsibility not to lose hope, but to give it," Mr Greer asserts.

The Green MSP welcomes the focus of the New Scots strategy on integration from day one.

Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour suggests the best solution would be helping people to stay in their own country.

Mr Greer responds that he is sure many people would rather stay in their homes but for many it is not an option.

He criticises the UK government's sale of arms to countries like Yemen which he says means many have had to flee.

Integration requires proper resourcing says Labour MSP

Ms Lennon
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Ms Lennon says the goodwill of communities is remarkable, but it cannot be relied upon alone.

Integration requires proper resourcing, she insists.

The Labour MSP tells the chamber about her visit yesterday to the Serenity cafe, where a young man was concerned about issues with his phone, which was the only link to his family back home.

While we accept much of the Conservative amendment on paper, Ms Lennon explains her party will not support it because the UK asylum system lacks compassion and humanity.

Scotland has a big role to play if offsetting these damaging policies, including the joining up of various services such as housing, health and advocacy she argues.

Here's the Labour amendment

Labour amendment
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'We must come together and say refugees are welcome here'

Labour MSP Monica Lennon
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Labour MSP Monica Lennon

Labour MSP Monica Lennon thanks the Scottish Refugee Council and Oxfam Scotland for their tireless work they and others do to support people in crisis.

Ms Lennon also thanks local authorities and their partners for supporting refugees in their area.

She says: "We must come together and say refugees are welcome here."

This message must be heard across all of Scotland, which has a strong record of welcoming refugees, she adds.

We must make sure all refugees and asylum seekers can live free from persecution

Ms Ballantyne
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Ms Ballantyne pays tribute to local organisations in the Borders who have helped to support people to transition and settle.

Schemes like this help to reduce social isolation, particularly for children and young people, she states.

We must make sure all refugees and asylum seekers can live free from persecution, the Tory MSP says.

And we must also do all we can to help them return home if they wish it, she concludes.

Here is the Conservative amendment

Conservative amendment
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Background: Child migrants: UK to end 'Dubs amendment' commitment

Lord Dubs: Former refugee who forced government to accept plan
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Lord Dubs: Former refugee who forced government to accept plan

In Feruary 2017 we reported a key route into the UK for children caught up in Europe's migrant crisis is to close after a total of 350 arrivals.

In a written ministerial statement, the Home Office said it would stop receiving children via the so-called Dubs amendment at the end of March.

The law, designed by peer and former refugee Lord Dubs, aimed to help some of the estimated 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children across Europe.

The peer has accused ministers of a "shameful" decision.

Read more here.