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Editorial cartoonists often use humor to make light of serious situations. One of the types of humor they use is irony. Irony is defined as when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs. Describe the irony of Robert Ariail’s cartoon.

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Cartoon by Robert Ariail


European officials opened their countries to what they thought would be some refugees from Syria who they would be able to help through their generous social welfare systems. Instead, they are being swamped by hundreds of thousands of refugees from not only Syria, but Iraq and Afghanistan.  So many are coming that they are swamping the EU countries’ welfare systems and making it difficult to help anyone.