The Migration Institute of Finland established the John Morton Award in 2010. John Morton (1725–1777) was a Pennsylvania-based politician of Finnish descent and one of the signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence.
The John Morton Award is awarded annually for meritorious work for the benefit of migration and multiculturalism. The work must be related to Finnish migration. The prize can be awarded to a person, organization, or authority.
The Board of the Migration Institute selects the recipient on the basis of proposals. Proposals can be made by Finnish and foreign individuals and entities. The Board may also select the awardee from among candidates other than those nominated. The recipient of the award and the justifications are announced at an event organized by the Institute.
2020: Timo Aro
2019: Pirkko Pitkänen
2018: Peter Kivisto
2017: Eva Hohenthal
2016: Marja Tiilikainen
2015: Hülya “Hissu” Kytö
2014: Reino Kero, Olavi Koivukangas, Auvo Kostiainen, and Keijo Virtanen
2013: Markku Peura ja Erkki Vuonokari
2012: Carl V. Pellonpää
2011: Antti Välikangas