The first Ukrainian refugee center in Rīga was located in the Congress Hall, then a second was opened at the former Riga Technical University building on Kaļķu Street 1. The center of the Congress Hall was then closed and only the one on Kaļķu Street remained.
At the moment, as the flow of newly registered Ukrainian civilian populations shrinks, the center no longer needs as much space as in the spring.
If in March, on average, the number of newly registered Ukrainian civilians was around 500, per day, now it is around 45. Every day around 500 people receive different national and local government services in the center.
In addition, the building on Kaļķu Street 1 is not energy-efficient, and maintaining a corresponding temperature for customer service would lead to high costs for the municipality in the winter months due to rising energy prices, said the city council.
In the new premises on Amatu 4, nearly all services available to date will be maintained: registering, applying for visas and residence permits, receiving assistance in accommodation, school, job, medical, and social matters. The services that will not be maintained will be the State Social Insurance Agency's services, catering, and children's playroom.
There will be a variety of events and classes for Ukrainian civilians in Amatu Street 4. Regular job exchanges will continue, and different types of courses, including Latvian language training, are also considered.